Offshore Patrol Vessel ESPS “Meteoro” joined EUROMARFOR Task Group in Operation Atalanta on September 1st, after three weeks of transit from her home port in Las Palmas (Canary Islands, Spain).
EUROMARFOR Task Group integrates now ESPS Castilla (flagship), ITS Libeccio and ESPS Meteoro.Read more
From the very beginning of the ATALANTA Operation, Spain has shown a firm commitment to fight and eradicate Somali-based piracy and armed robbery at sea, off the Horn of Africa and in the Western Indian Ocean. Its main air asset is currently the D-4, which is the MPRA (Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft) version of the CN-235 transport aircraft.Read more
Just after the end of the replenishment at sea with USNS “John Ericsson”, the Operation’s “Atalanta” Force Commander was flown with the Spanish SH3D helicopter to visit the German Warship FGS “Erfurt”.Read more
During a counter piracy patrol on the Gulf of Aden, the Spanish Warship “Galicia” encountered at sea the Colombian Warship “7 de Agosto.
On the morning of the 22nd August, a crew members exchange among the two Warships, ESPS “Galicia” and ARC “7 de Agosto” was scheduled. In spite of all activities programmed for the encounter at sea, only the Force commander and staff members were able to visit the Colombian Warship due to the strong southwesterly winds blowing on the area.
During the encounter, the two warships performed light weight replenishment at sea to exchange some traditional gifts of the two countries. The passenger exchange was executed with the Colombian helicopter Augusta Bell 412.Read more
During the visit to the Acting Commander of the Royal Omani Navy, they could share some talks about the current piracy situation on the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden and about the maritime security situation in general.Read more
Sailors from Italian Navy warship, ITS Libeccio, which is currently deployed in the Indian Ocean as part of the European Union’s counter-piracy operation ‘Atalanta’, have provided much-needed food and water to twenty four stranded seafarers.Read more