Exercise MAR-31 Begins

January 10, 2020 (Google Translation) – The MAR-31 naval exercises will take place from January 13 to 17. These maneuvers will be directed by the ship’s captain Santiago Vila Barrón, Commander of the 31st Surface Squadron. The “Reina Sofía” and “Navarra” frigates of the 41st Escort Squadron based in Rota, the “Álvaro de Bazán” and “Cristóbal Colón” frigates and the…

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New Force Commander for Operation Atalanta

July 23, 2019 – In a handover/takeover ceremony this morning on board the EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation ATALANTA warship ESPS Navarra, EU NAVFOR Deputy Operation Commander Rear Admiral Giovanni Battista Piegaja welcomed the operation’s new Force Commander, Rear Admiral Simi and his Flag Ship, ITS Antonia Marceglia, as the new Force Headquarters (FHQ) for the 32nd rotation of Operation ATALANTA.…

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FS Surcouf Welcomed Back to Operation Atalanta

June 3, 2019 – Operation Atalanta is glad to welcome the French Ship (FS) Surcouf back this week, as she sails in direct support of Operation Atalanta. FS Surcouf will operate alongside the Spanish Ship (ESPS) Navarra in support of Operation Atalanta’s activities concerning countering piracy, protecting UN World Food Program (WFP) vessels and other vulnerable ships, and monitoring fishing…

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Spain Assumes Command of Operation Atalanta

March 12, 2019 – The frigate ‘Navarra’ will be the command ship for the next five months. The Spanish Armed Forces have assumed command of the European Union Naval Force in Somalia (EU NAVFOR Somalia) Operation Atalanta in a ceremony held in Djibouti, aboard the frigate ‘Navarra’ of the Spanish Navy. During the ceremony, the Spanish Rear admiral Ricardo Atanasio…

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Navarra to be Operation Atalanta Flagship

February 27, 2019 (Google Translation) – Frigate ‘Navarra’ sailed last Saturday from the Rota Naval Base towards the Eastern Mediterranean to join Operation ‘Atalanta’ in the Indian Ocean, where she is expected to remain until the next month of August. The ‘Navarra’ (F-85) will be the flagship of the European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR), accommodating the Force Commander and his Staff,…

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Spain leads Operation NATO “SEA GUARDIAN” against terrorism in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea

Google Translation Spain will lead the NATO Operation “SEA GUARDIAN” against terrorism in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Specifically, it is expected that a group of escorts from NATO countries, under Spanish control, will deploy next month in Mediterranean waters. This group, commanded by frigate captain Francisco Javier Vázquez Sanz, Commander of the frigate “Navarra” (F-85), will be formed…

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