Spanish offshore patrol vessel Vigía returns from Gulf of Guinea deployment

ESPS Vigía arriving to Cadiz, Spain. Photo: Spanish Navy

Spanish Navy’s offshore patrol vessel Vigía arrived at naval base Puntales, Cadiz, on June 16, returning from a three-and-a-half month mission to the Gulf of Guinea.

Vigía set sail from Cadiz on February 28 to conduct a series of activities in Africa as part of the Spanish government’s Defense Diplomacy Plan and a follow-on of the Africa Partnership Station (APS) initiative.

These deployments are intended to enhance maritime security and to carry out cooperative security operations in West Africa and the Gulf of Guinea, organized by the Ministry of Defense, the Chief of the Defense Staff (JEMAD) and the Spanish Navy.

Last year, this deployment was conducted by her sister ship Serviola.

During her deployment, Vigía visited Mauritania, Cape Verde, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Sao Tome and Principe.

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