Frigate ‘Victoria’ in Operation ATALANTA

Frigate ‘Victoria’ in Operation ATALANTA

Frigate ‘Victoria’ in Operation ATALANTA
Frigate ‘Victoria’ in Operation ATALANTA
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Frigate ‘Victoria’ in Operation ATALANTA
On October 20 2019, and after an intense training and readiness period, the Spanish Navy frigate ‘Victoria’ (F-82) sailed from the Rota Naval Base to join EUNAVFOR’s operation ‘Atalanta’ to warrant maritime security in the Indian Ocean, preventing pirate acts on waters of the Horn of Africa. In addition, this operation collaborates monitoring fishing activities off the coast of Somalia, ensuring the safe delivery of food from the World Food Program (WFP) and the protection of vulnerable shipping in the area.

Participation in operation ‘Atalanta’ is part of Spain's firm commitment to the EU Common Security and Defense Policy in terms of providing a comprehensive European Union response to the phenomenon of piracy contributing, in turn, to stability and international security.

The ‘Victoria’, which participates for the fourth time in this operation, will remain integrated into TF-465 until next February. As of December 3, she has also been operating as EUNAVFOR’s flagship embarking, for the first time, a multinational staff led by a Portuguese admiral.

Under command of Cdr. Pedro Márquez de la Calleja, the ship has a complement of 216 men and women, a Marine Corps security squad and an embarked helicopter from the 10th Aircraft Squadron. The ‘Victoria’ is the second of the six frigates that make up the F-80 series. The ship is the 7th unit with this name in the history of the Spanish Navy in honor of the ship where Juan Sebastián de Elcano completed the first circumnavigation the world between 1519 and 1522. The ship’s coat of arms boasts the motto ‘Primus circumdedisti me’ a slogan shared with the training ship ‘Juan Sebastián de Elcano’.

    
        

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