Argentinean Ensign's Dreams Take Flight in Baltimore

Story Number: NNS120618-21Release Date: 6/18/2012 3:04:00 PM
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By Ensign Charity A. Edgar, Navy Public Affairs Support Element-East

BALTIMORE (NNS) -- An ensign from Argentina had an opportunity to meet the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels, during the bicentennial celebration of the War of 1812 in Baltimore, June 16.

Ens. Ayelen Basualdo boarded the Armada de Mexico's Cuauhtemoc and set sail for Baltimore in support of the Star Spangled Sailabration.

Maryland's largest city is the final stop for the ship in the United States before a voyage to France.

This evolution has been a dream deployment for the newly commissioned officer. Basualdo is currently serving in the Command Corps, but it is her goal to become Argentina's first female naval pilot. The Blue Angels have long served as inspiration to the airborne hopeful.

"Ever since I was a small child I have been drawn to the Blue Angels and dreamed of one day joining their ranks," she said.

The famed airmen's skill and precision have encouraged Basualdo to work diligently.

"Seeing them perform was an amazing experience. I am more determined than ever to make history and become Argentina's first female naval pilot."

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