Purpose of the mission

Purpose of the mission

OPV ‘Audaz’
OPV ‘Audaz’
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OPV ‘Audaz’

OPV ‘AUDAZ’ (P-45)

The offshore patrol vessel (OPV) ‘Audaz’, one of the most modern units of the Spanish Navy, will deploy over the next five months in the west coast of Africa, mainly in the waters of the Gulf of Guinea integrated into the operational structure of the Armed Forces. The P-45 will carry out several activities to support the training of regional navies with multinational exercises and other missions, all related to the state's external action.

This mission, which the Ministry of Defense and the Spanish Navy develop in the framework of the so-called Defense Diplomacy Plan, is intended to improve the capabilities of these coastal countries in areas as diverse as Maritime Security (SEGMAR) and awareness of the maritime domain, as well as other basic activities such as damage control or diving drills.

During the deployment, the ship will participate in two important international exercises, such as “Obangame Express 2020” and “Grand African NEMO 2020”; both exercises focused on enhancing the capabilities of the participating navies in operations related to piracy, illegal trafficking of goods and people, fishing control and protection of critical shipping roites, among other activities. In these exercises several western navies are scheduled to participate, namely the United States, Portugal and France.

The deployment also includes joint patrols with units from the countries involved, which will strengthen the know-how and expertise transmitted.

Defense Diplomacy Plan

During her tour around the African coast, the patrol vessel will support the Defense Diplomacy Plan: a series of international activities based on dialogue and cooperation organized by the Ministry of Defense at bilateral level with allied or partner nations, in order to promote the objectives of the defense policy like conflict prevention and enhancement of security capabilities.

    
        

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