Spanish frigate joins counter piracy operation in the Indian Ocean

Photo: Spanish Navy

Spanish Navy frigate Santa María (F-81) set sail from Rota Naval Base to integrate into the EU-led counter-piracy Operation Atalanta in the Indian Ocean until the end of September.

The farewell ceremony was presided over by Commander 41st Escort Squadron, Captain Ramón Godín.

Operation Atalanta is a European Union undertaking which commenced in December 2008. Its purpose is to provide protection to World Food Program (WFP) ships; protect vulnerable shipping routes and trawlers fishing in the area; and fight piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Somalia.

This is the first time a Spanish Navy frigate will use an UAV which will complement the capabilities of the embarked SH-60B Seahawk helicopter.

Frigate Santa María is the first ship of the F-80 series (ex – U.S. Navy Oliver Hazard Perry-class). The six frigates, which make up the 41st Escort Squadron, were built by the former Bazán shipyards (now NAVANTIA). The F-81 was commissioned on October 12th 1986.

Santa María deployed with more than 220 people aboard including her own crew, an MC Special Operations squad, aircraft support personnel and a medical team.

Share this article

Follow Naval Today

Events>

<< Oct 2017 >>
MTWTFSS
25 26 27 28 29 30 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31 1 2 3 4 5

Maritime Information Warfare 2017

Maritime Information Warfare will focus on the growing need for navies to develop their information exploitation capabilities…

read more >

Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology

Over the past few years, maritime intelligence gathering and ISR capabilities have returned to the forefront of the defence industry…

read more >

Sea-Air-Space 2018

Sea-Air-Space is now the largest maritime exposition in the U.S. and continues as an invaluable extension of the Navy League’s mission…

read more >