The Spanish Navy has concluded integration trials of the Unmanned Air Vehicle ‘Skeldar V-200’ in Canary Islands waters on board the Maritime Action Ship (BAM in its Spanish initials) ‘Relámpago’ before deploying in the theatre of operations.
As of mid-September, the UAV is scheduled to operate from the BAM ‘Meteoro’, currently deployed in the Indian Ocean taking part in operation ‘Atalanta’ in the fight against piracy.
With this deployment, the Spanish Navy brings to a close one of the main milestones of the first stage of the procurement program of UAVs. The Swedish firm SAAB has been awarded a contract for the provision of services for the deployment of its ‘Skeldar V-200’ System (rotary-wing and heavy fuel) on board a Spanish Navy offshore patrol vessel in operation ‘Atalanta’.
With the expertise gained in the theatre of operations, the Spanish Navy will start the second stage of the program deciding which specific UAV model will finally procure.
Training Cruises on board the ‘Juan Sebastián de Elcano’ contribute to the nautical, military, social and human instruction of midshipmen from the Marin Naval Academy
The offshore patrol vessel (OPV) ‘Vigía’ set sail from Puntales Naval Station (Cadiz) to conduct a series of activities in Africa as part of the Defense Diplomacy Plan and a follow-on of the Africa Partnership Station (APS) initiative
The auxiliary oiler and replenishment ship (AOR) ‘Patiño’ is to integrate into the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG-2) for two months
F-100 frigate ‘Méndez Núñez’ left her home port in Ferrol (NW Spain) towards the Mediterranean Sea to integrate into the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG-2)
Frigate ‘Reina Sofía’ (F-84) set sail to integrate into the Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG-1) as part of this rapid reaction force deployed in Atlantic waters
The amphibious assault ship ‘Galicia’ set sail from Rota Naval Base to take part, as flagship, in the European Union counter-piracy Operation ‘Atalanta’ in the Indian Ocean
Frigate ‘Canarias’ (F-86), departed Rota Naval Base to integrate into EUNAVFOR’s mission ‘SOPHIA’ to help stop human trafficking in the central Mediterranean Sea.
The purpose is to enhance the interoperability between the Spanish Navy and the RAN, and to provide training to the crews of the Spanish-designed ‘Hobart’-class anti-air destroyers on board the AEGIS-equipped frigate ‘Cristóbal Colón’.
The oceanographic research ship ‘Hespérides’ has started the 22nd Antarctic Campaign in support of the Spanish science.