Ecuadorian Sailors assigned to the Ecuadorian Corvette BAE El Oro (CM 14). Ecuadorian Navy ship Guayas , visiting Pearl Harbor . In 1991, acquired from the Royal Navy along with Danae (F47) , the "Eloy Alfaro" was decommissioned on 19 March 2008, after 17 years of service in the Ecuadorian Navy.
Etymology. The country's name means "Equator" in Spanish, truncated from the Spanish official name, República del Ecuador (lit."Republic of the Equator"), derived from the former Ecuador Department of Gran Colombia established in 1824 as a division of the former territory of the Royal Audience of Quito.