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Purpose of the deployment - ‘Rayo’ (P-42) in Operation ‘Atalanta’ - Activities - Armada Española - Ministerio de Defensa - Gobierno de España

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‘Rayo’ (P-42) in Operation ‘Atalanta’

  • Purpose of the deployment

Purpose of the deployment Activities

On July 7th2017, the offshore patrol vessel ‘Rayo’ (P-42) set sail from her home port in Las Palmas (Canary Islands) to integrate into the European Union operation ‘Atalanta’ in the Indian Ocean.

The OPV ‘Rayo’, in addition to aiding ships under possible pirate attacks, will escort World Food Program (WFP) and African Union Mission (AMISON) vessels carrying provisions to that stricken region. Other scheduled activities will include meetings with regional authorities to try and help eradicate pirate-related activities even before they actually take place.

The ship has a complement of 86 people, including her own crew, support personnel of the embarked SH-60B helicopter and a Marine Corps security team.

Operation ‘Atalanta’ is a European Union endeavor started in December 2008 under the framework of the EU Common Defense and Security Policy and in agreement with UN Security Council resolutions. Since that date, Spain has contributed with ships, aircraft and other military units. So far, Spain has arrested more than 150 alleged pirates, dissolved 9 organized pirate groups and has liberated 7 hijacked ships.

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