August 8, 2019 (Google Translation) – The frigate “Navarra” has docked this morning at the Rota Naval Base after five and a half months deployed as a command ship of the European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) in Somalia, which focuses on the fight against piracy in the Horn of Africa and the western Indian Ocean, as well as in the protection of ships of the World Food Program.
During the last 176 days, the ship has traveled more than 30,000 nautical miles through the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, during which it has fulfilled its task of fighting piracy in waters from Somalia. In this sense, the most significant event took place during the last week of April, in which the endowment of the frigate freed the kidnapped Yemeni jabeque “Al Azham”, stopping in turn five suspected pirates who were made available to the judicial authorities in the Seychelles.
The “Navarra” has been relieved in the port of Djibouti by the frigate “Canarias”, of the same class, with which Spain continues to show its commitment to Operation “Atalanta” which has been driving since its inception in 2008, to contribute to the defense of international rights in the area.
The frigate “Navarra” is the fifth of the six frigates that make up the 41st Escort Squadron class “Santa Maria”. It was delivered to the Navy in May 1993. It has a length of 138 meters, a sleeve of 14 meters, and a displacement greater than 4,000 tons. It is equipped with sensors and weapons that allow it to carry out its main tasks as an escort ship and maritime surveillance.
Under the command of frigate captain Eduardo Guitian Crespo, this has been the third time the ship is deployed in Operation Atalanta, and the first as the operation’s command ship.