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.
The Maritime Action Ship (BAM in its Spanish initials) ‘Tornado’ has been selected to represent Spain in the 465 Task Force of EUNAVFOR (European Naval Force) from December 2013 to April 2014, its 16th rotation.
Last Saturday (November 2nd) we proceeded towards Aksaz (Turkey). Just before entering we were all briefed on the cultural aspects of the city and the navigation team was informed on the peculiarities of the harbor.
On July 15th 2013, the Maritime Action Ship (BAM) ‘Meteoro’ set sail from the Military Arsenal of Las Palmas to integrate in Operation "Atalanta"
The schedule of events is very tight. From the very first day several meetings were organized to prepare the maneuvers we are about to participate with the Turkish Navy: ‘Dogu Akdeniz’
The Chargé d’Affaires of the Spanish Embassy in Jakarta and Indonesian Navy authorities welcomed the ship with a colorful and cheerful ceremony