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September 01, 2015
September 01, 2015

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.

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August 27, 2015
August 27, 2015

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. 

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August 24, 2015
August 24, 2015

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”. 

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August 22, 2015
August 22, 2015

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.

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August 20, 2015
August 20, 2015

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. 

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August 19, 2015
August 19, 2015

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.

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News within the scope of EUROMARFOR
September 04, 2015
September 04, 2015
Spanish Navy’s frigate Almirante Juan de Borbón (F-102) has just set sail from Ferrol, Spain to take part in a ballistic missile defense (BMD) exercise along with a US Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer off the western coast of Scotland. The F-102 is the second Alvaro de Bazán-class frigate equipped with the US AEGIS combat system. The […]  Read more
September 03, 2015
September 03, 2015
The U.S. Navy has awarded Raytheon Company a $33 million contract for the production, integration, testing and delivery of AN/AQS-22 Airborne Low Frequency Sonar (ALFS) systems. The contract includes an option for additional systems for U.S. inventory and potential Foreign Military Sale. The option, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to […]  Read more
September 03, 2015
September 03, 2015
On Tuesday 1st September 2015, Spanish warship, ESPS Meteoro, joined Operation Atalanta off the Coast of Somalia for the second time. ESPS Meteoro left her home port of Las Palmas in the Canary Islands at the beginning of August to start her three month deployment with the EU’s counter-piracy operation. Under the command of Lieutenant […]  Read more
September 01, 2015
September 01, 2015
Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 entered Rota Naval Base at the western coast of Spain last week, where the force will prepare for the NATO exercise Dynamic Guard. Two Spanish naval vessels, combat support ship Cantabria and the Spanish frigate Santa Maria, will now depart the Group. During the next at-sea period the remaining SNMG2 vessels German […]  Read more
August 31, 2015
August 31, 2015
The FFG frigate Santa María (F-81) has just returned to her homeport in Rota Naval Base after a 45-day deployment integrated into the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG-2). For this international counter-terrorist operation (Active Endeavor), the Santa María embarked a helicopter from the 10th Aircraft Squadron and a Marine Corps Security Team. During this […]  Read more
August 31, 2015
August 31, 2015
On 27 August 2015 command of Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151) passed from the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force under the command of Rear Admiral Hiroshi Ito to Captain Ayhan Bay of the Turkish Navy, who was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral on 30 August. The handover marked the completion of Japan’s first […]  Read more

News from MARTIME WORLD
September 04, 2015
September 04, 2015
After two years at the helm, Rear Adm. Phillip G. Sawyer turned over duties as commander of Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC), and commander of Task Force 134, to Rear Adm. Frederick J. “Fritz” Roegge in a ceremony at Sharkey Theater on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Sept. 3. Having assumed command in August 2013, […]  Read more
September 04, 2015
September 04, 2015
The Aircraft Carrier Alliance welcomed the largest section of the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier to Rosyth Dockyard last week, following its voyage from BAE Systems in Glasgow where it was built. Lower Block 04 is the largest hull section of HMS Prince of Wales, the second of two new aircraft carriers being constructed by the […]  Read more
September 04, 2015
September 04, 2015
A Royal Navy survey ship has helped out Her Majesty’s Coastguard helicopter by offering up her deck for winch training at sea. Returning to the UK after a recent North Sea survey, HMS Echo received a call for assistance from a Coastguard helicopter Agusta Westland AW139 as it was looking for a suitable platform to practise […]  Read more
September 04, 2015
September 04, 2015
The German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz has completed the factory acceptance tests and the delivery of twelve sets of navigation radars for the Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigates. The scope of on-board systems covers X-/ and S-Band radars with high-performance detection capabilities. The radars have been enhanced with advanced features in accordance with the Canadian […]  Read more
September 04, 2015
September 04, 2015
Twelve U.S. midshipmen learned what it takes to operate at sea aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), July 22 to Aug. 12. A midshipman’s summer cruise is an opportunity for the future officers to step out of the classrooms and into the active-duty Navy to learn and experience day-to-day operations as well […]  Read more
September 04, 2015
September 04, 2015
The Royal Saudi Naval Forces have handed over command of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), Combined Task Force (CTF) 152 to Kuwait. The ceremony, held in Bahrain, saw Captain Suliman Al-Enazi transfer command to Colonel Mohammad Aleid, Kuwait Naval Force. The change of command ceremony was overseen by Vice Admiral John W Miller, Commander Combined […]  Read more
EUROMARFOR @ 2015
by CDR Armando Dias Correia