Navarra Returns to Rota From Operation Atalanta

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…

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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. EU NAVFOR also welcomed the ESPS CANARIAS as a new addition to the 32nd rotation of Operation ATALANTA. Both vessels will sail with Operation ATALANTA from the end of July…

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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 activity off the Horn of Africa in the Indian Ocean. The FS Surcouf has supported Operation Atalanta in the past, including deployments in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017 and 2018. In…

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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 Hernández López took over for the next five months in which he will act as commander of the force of the Task Force (TF) 465 of the European Union (EU),…

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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, on this occasion Spanish Rear admiral Ricardo Atanasio Hernández López, who will exercise the command of Operation ‘Atalanta’ during the next 5 months. This operation focuses on the fight against…

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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 by the Spanish frigate along with an unknown Italian frigate and the Belgian “Louise-Marie”. Cartagena will be the meeting point of these units. The Operation “SEA GUARDIAN” under the command…

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