August 9, 2019 (Google Translation) – The tall patrolman “Atalaya” has sailed today from its base in Ferrol, thus beginning a deployment that will last four months, in which the ship will remain integrated into the operational structure of the Armed Forces.
The first of the three phases into which this deployment is divided will run until the beginning of September, and will include the transit to the Gulf of Guinea and will include Cooperative Security activities with the Mauritanian and Cape Verde marinas.
In the second phase, the ship will remain deployed in the waters of the Gulf of Guinea and will carry out activities in the maritime field with Ivory Coast, Gabon, Nigeria, Cameroon, Sao Tome and Principe, Angola and Ghana, with the aim of increasing mutual knowledge and help strengthen the capacities of riparian 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.
Diplomacy Plan for Defense and Cooperative Security
As with the patrolman “Serviola” in the first half of this year, the “Watchtower” will support the Defense Diplomacy Plan, cooperating with the coastal countries of 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 an increase in the security of Spain.
The tall patrolman “Atalaya”, commanded by corvette captain Vicente Calvar Cerecedo, is the fourth and last ship of the “Serviola” class, and is based in the Ferrol Military Arsenal (La Coruña). It was built by the former Bazán de Ferrol National Company (today NAVANTIA), and delivered to the Navy in June 1992. 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.