Spanish Navy’s OPV Rayo Back Home

Spanish Navy’s offshore patrol vessel ‘Rayo’ has just returned to her home port in Las Palmas, Canary Island, after a six-month deployment participating in the EU-led operation ‘Atalanta’ against piracy in Indian Ocean waters.

The OPV, under the command of Lieutenant-Commander Rafael Samaniego, had a complement of 87 people including her own crew, the support personnel of the AB-212 helicopter and members of the Marine Corps security team.

Since her departure back in November 2014, the ship has sailed more than 32,000 nautical miles patrolling the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden protecting the sensitive shipping routes of that area.

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