April 30, 2020 (Google Translation) – The Navy ship sailed through the Gulf of Cádiz, the Strait of Gibraltar and the Alboran Sea, carrying out surveillance and maritime security tasks
After more than 2000 miles sailed spread over ten voyages, the tall patrol boat “Atalaya” has returned this morning to its base port in Ferrol. During its navigation, the Spanish ship carried out, among other activities, a presence in waters under national jurisdiction, the Alboran Marine Reserve and in the rocks of North Africa. As well as, protection of the submerged archaeological heritage and control of fishing in Spanish waters.
In addition, the “Atalaya” patrol boat acted in support associated with NATO’s “Sea Guardian” operation, consisting of the control and protection of the most important maritime lines of communication in the area to prevent illegal traffic and activities, all in coordination with the Center for Operations and Maritime Surveillance, COVAM. During the period, the data of more than 150 merchant vessels and 60 fishing vessels were verified.
Despite the implicit difficulties due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Navy continues to work constantly to guarantee the safety and protection of maritime areas of national interest within the action of the State at sea, whether in operations in abroad or, as in the case of the “Watchtower” patrolling national waters.