March 1, 2019 (Google Translation) – The tall patrol boat “Serviola” has sailed today from its base in Ferrol to the Gulf of Guinea. In its four months of deployment, divided into three phases, the vessel will remain integrated into the operational structure of the Armed Forces.
The first of the phases that will last until the end of March, will include the transit to the Gulf of Guinea and will include activities of Cooperative Security with the navies of Mauritania and Cape Verde.
In the second phase, the vessel will remain deployed in the waters of the Gulf of Guinea and will carry out activities in the maritime field with Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon, Angola, Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe and Nigeria, with the objective of increasing mutual knowledge and help strengthen the capacities of coastal countries.
In the last phase, Cooperative Security activities will be carried out in Senegal, and again in Cape Verde, as well as military cooperation activities with Morocco.
As it happened with the Patrolman “Sentinel” in the second half of last year, the “Serviola” will support the Diplomacy Plan of Defense, cooperating with the countries bordering the Gulf of Guinea in the development of their capabilities, promoting knowledge and mutual trust and contributing to the increase of regional maritime security, which in turn will have an impact on the increase of security in Spain.
The high-altitude patrol boat “Serviola”, commanded by the corvette captain Ramón González-Cela Echevarría, is the first of a series of four patrol boats of the same class, and is based at the Ferrol Arsenal (La Coruña). It was built by the former National Company Bazán de Ferrol (now NAVANTIA) and delivered to the Navy in March 1991. It has a length of 68.65 meters and a beam of 10.40 meters. Its main missions are Maritime Security Operations, Cooperative Security Operations and Support operations to other State Authorities.