On Saturday 31 January the Chairman of the EU Military Committee, General Patrick de Rousiers, visited the Spanish Maritime Patrol Aircraft ‘Orion’ Detachment based in Djibouti.
The General was welcomed to Djibouti by EU Ambassador, His Excellency Mr Joseph Silva and the Commanding Officer of the Orion Detachment, Lieutenant Colonel Javier Alameda (Spanish Air Force).
General de Rousiers was accompanied by officers from France, Portugal and Spain.
During his visit, the General was briefed about the capabilities of the Casa-235 Vigma aircraft and the Detachment’s role as part of the European Union’s counter-piracy Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia.
The distinguished guests were given the opportunity to embark the aircraft, where they met the crew and received a demonstration about the on board equipment.