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The present document ‘Spanish Navy General Guidelines 2012’ describes the goals I intend to promote in the coming years. It also contains a series of guidelines to direct the activities of the Spanish Navy.

The Navy, as part of the Spanish Armed Forces, has the responsibility –among other missions– to assure the sovereignty and independence of Spain, and contribute to its security and defense.

Given the critical importance of these missions, it is essential to have the capability to carry them out with success. To this end, we have a Naval Force –the Fleet– whose adequate training is the ultimate goal of all activities of the Spanish Navy.

Our Fleet, although medium-sized, is a modern and balanced Force. Those qualities permit the Navy to carry out a wide variety of tasks with technological leadership, proficiency and safety. My intention is to keep on working to preserve and develop these capabilities, and therefore the first goal is to ensure the adequate training of the Fleet so that the Spanish Navy may fulfill its missions.

For that purpose the human factor is a key element and, consequently, a series of solid values must be fostered among Navy members: integrity, loyalty, discipline, responsibility, courage and comradeship. The very nature of our missions and the domain where we operate requires those values, not to mention a comprehensive technical training and the pursuit of excellence in all our endeavors. Accordingly, the second goal is to watch over Spanish Navy personnel so that, based on a solid set of values, may be adequately motivated and trained.

The goals I have just mentioned will steer my main decisions as Chief of Naval Staff. Nevertheless, and in the current context, there are a series of important constraints which we cannot ignore.

The first and foremost is the economic crisis which is a colossal challenge for Spain and thus, for the Spanish Navy. The crisis implies budget reductions with a direct impact on the activity and readiness of the Force on the one hand, and the motivation of its people on the other. It involves intensive expenditure controls and prioritization of resources. As a result, my third goal is the management of the available materiel and economic resources with discipline and austerity.

Another external element which determines our activities and requires special attention is the incipient transformation process of the Armed Forces which is being endorsed by the National Defense Directive and scheduled for implementation during the present military planning cycle. In the short term, there is a need for a review of the current design of the Spanish Navy structures. This process requires the definition of a fourth goal: to carry out the necessary organic changes and assure that the resultant organization meets the intended objectives.

Both circumstances, economic crisis and organic changes, may pose a few uncertainties in the near future. It is my intention that those uncertainties may not jeopardize the Fleet renovation plans. Most of our endeavors will be devoted to planning the Navy of the future, preserving the necessary capabilities to efficiently carry out the assigned missions. The fifth goal therefore is to preserve the operational capability of the future Fleet with the relevant upgrading plans.

The Spanish Navy is an institution with a distinguished history and deep-rooted values, ready to serve society and fulfill the important missions assigned. We can be proud of the work we do and it is worth making it known to our fellow citizens. For this reason the sixth goal is to make known the activities of the Spanish Navy.

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