ESPS Rayo Deploys for Operation Sophia

February 5, 2019 (Google Translation) – On Monday, February 4, the Maritime Action Ship (BAM) “Rayo”, departed from its base in the Military Arsenal of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to join the Operation “Sophia” in the southern central Mediterranean. The farewell ceremony on the deck of the ship was presided by the Commander of the Naval Command of the Canary Islands, Rear Admiral Juan L. Sobrino Pérez-Crespo, who delivered a farewell address to the ship’s crew. It was also attended by numerous relatives and friends of the crew that…

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Indian Ocean: joint exercises between FS Jean Bart and ESPS Rayo

Google Translation On Friday, November 17, 2017, the frigate Jean Bart was on patrol in the Gulf of Aden. Taking advantage of the proximity of the Spanish patrol P42 Rayo, she performed with him a series of exercises combining tactical maneuver and operational technique. In parallel, an exchange of personnel took place between the two units. This opportunity training has put into practice many operational skills and sealed the interoperability between our two navies currently deployed in the Indian Ocean with common operational objectives. During the day, the passage of…

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EUNAVFOR Teams Up With CTF 150 in Gulf of Aden

Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and EUNAVFOR Task Forces have conducted recent exercises off the coast of Yemen, in the Gulf of Aden, as part of ongoing cooperation and partnership work in the region. CMF’s Task Force CTF150 has a mandate to deny the free use of the high seas to networks supporting terrorism in the wider Indian Ocean; EUNAVFOR’s CTF465 has a mandate (since 2008) to conduct counter piracy operations off the coast of Somalia. Although they have a different focus and aim, both missions complement each other as they…

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ESPS Rayo Conducts Local Maritime Capacity Building During Port Visit to Djibouti

On Wednesday 30th August, during her port visit to Djibouti, EU Naval Force warship ESPS Rayo conducted Local Maritime Capacity Building (LMCB) training in support of the Djiboutian Coast Guard. The training began with a briefing on board ESPS Rayo for the Djiboutian Coast Guard personnel. This was followed by comprehensive training in fire fighting techniques, as well as the use of protective clothing used to safely fight a fire. Those receiving the training showed great interest in both damage control techniques and equipment and at the end of the…

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