Spain Assumes Command of Operation Atalanta

March 12, 2019 – The frigate ‘Navarra’ will be the command ship for the next five months.

The Spanish Armed Forces have assumed command of the European Union Naval Force in Somalia (EU NAVFOR Somalia) Operation Atalanta in a ceremony held in Djibouti, aboard the frigate ‘Navarra’ of the Spanish Navy.

During the ceremony, the Spanish Rear admiral Ricardo Atanasio Hernández López took over for the next five months in which he will act as commander of the force of the Task Force (TF) 465 of the European Union (EU), integrated by EU NAVFOR Somalia.

The frigate ‘Navarra’, which participates for the third time in the mission and the first as a command ship, has about 230 people, including personnel of the crew, personnel of the Embarked Air Unit of the Tenth Aircraft Squadron, a team complete of special operations of the Special Naval Warfare Unit and the Operation’s own General Staff.

On the other hand, it is the ninth time that Spain assumes the command of Operation ‘Atalanta’, after more than a decade of participation of our Armed Forces in this mission.

This fact shows the firm commitment of our country in defense of national and international interests in this area.