The maritime security exercise ‘Seaborder 2014’ carried out off the coast of Malaga was attended by different authorities from ‘5+5 Defense Initiative’ states and Spanish Navy command personnel.
The joint-combined exercise, with participation of more than 900 people, five ships, three airplanes and three helicopters, was also followed by the Ministers of Defense of Spain, Pedro Morenés; Malta, Emanuel Mallia; Morocco, Abdellatif Loudiyi; Mauritania, Mamadou Bathia Diallo; and Portugal, José Pedro Aguiar-Branco.
The exercise was organized and conducted by the Spanish Navy Maritime Action Force from its Maritime Surveillance Operations Center in Cartagena. The exercise included drills on SAR (search and rescue), MIO (maritime interdiction operations), VBSS (visit, board, search and seizure) and MEDEVAC (medical evacuation) with a helicopter.
Upon the conclusion of the exercise, the participating units organized a naval parade to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the ‘5+5 Initiative’ presided over by the Ministers of Defense on board the frigate ‘Victoria’.
‘Seaborder 2014’ is a maritime security training exercise sponsored by the ‘5+5 Defense Initiative’ intended to enhance cooperation and joint training for the operations designed to implement national and international legislation, whenever there are suspected illegal activities carried out in a specific international maritime domain.
Press Release, October 01, 2014; Image: Spanish Navy