Juan Sebastián de Elcano Crosses Atlantic Entirely by Sail

February 15, 2019 (Google Translation) – The ship-school “Juan Sebastián de Elcano”, that is realizing his XCI cruise of instruction of midshipmen, has completed his seventh crossing of the Atlantic Ocean entirely to sail, sixth sailing towards the West, in his more than 90 years of service. The veteran brigantine-schooner, went to sea on January 21 from Santa Cruz de Tenerife at 1700h, gave his knife rig as a farewell to the island and in gratitude for the hospitality of its people, and began his navigation to mixed until 2100h…

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Spanish Navy celebrates the 30th anniversary of Cooperation Agreement with the United States

November 29, 2018 (Google Translation) – On the morning of today, the ceremony to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the cooperation agreement for the defense between the Kingdom of Spain and the United States of America took place at the facilities of the Rota Naval Base. The act was co-chaired by the Chief Admiral of the Arsenal of Cádiz, Vice Admiral Enrique Torres Piñeyro and the Commander of the Naval Activities of the United States in Spain, the Captain USN Michael McNicholl, also had the presence of various civil and…

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SENER and Babcock deliver the sixth upgraded AB-212 helicopter unit to the Spanish Navy

October 29, 2018 – SENER and Babcock have delivered the sixth helicopter to successfully complete its life extension program (PEVH in its Spanish acronym) to the Spanish Defence Ministry’s General Armaments and Materials Department (DGAM in its Spanish acronym). Thanks to this program, seven Spanish Navy AB-212 helicopters that became operational in 1974 will have their useful life extended by at least 15 years, thanks to the addition of advanced equipment and avionics. The seventh and last unit will be delivered by the end of 2018. The upgrade took place…

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Minister of Defense inaugurates the exhibition “Asia and the Naval Museum”

September 20, 2018 (Google Translation) – The Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, has presided today the opening ceremony of the temporary exhibition “Asia and the Naval Museum”, held at the Madrid headquarters of this museum. In his opinion, this exhibition will be “a milestone” more in the Hispanic-Asian relations. In fact, the exhibition aims to value a unique collection both for the rarity of its pieces and for providing the visitor with a better knowledge of the historical link between the Navy and Spain and Asia. [smartslider3 slider=92] Upon his…

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Inauguration of the exhibition “Sea of ​​wings” in the Naval Museum

Google Translation The Admiral Chief of Staff of the Navy inaugurated during the morning of today in the Naval Museum, the temporary exhibition “Sea of ​​Wings”, of which the Admiral D. Javier Pery Paredes is commissioner. It was also attended by the General Head of the Air Staff, General Air Javier Salto Martínez-Avial. [smartslider3 slider=47] During his presentation, Admiral Pery, raised the current sample as a complement to what has already been written and published on Spanish Naval Aviation. Through a chronological development he highlighted both the most important milestones…

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Spanish Government Receives Request to Name Warship for Bernardo de Gálvez

From the National Park Service website Bernardo Vicente Apolinar de Gálvez What historical ties does a Spanish governor of Louisiana have with British St. Augustine? What ties unite Pensacola, Florida; Mobile, Alabama; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Natchez, Mississippi? During the American Revolution, these towns, like St. Augustine, were all part of British Florida, and all but St. Augustine were captured by General Bernardo de Gálvez, the governor of Spanish Louisiana, and his Spanish armies. Does this come as a surprise? We hear a lot about Lafayette and the French aid…

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