During her 4 month deployment with Operation Atalanta, Spanish warship, ESPS Infanta Cristina, performed more than 70 friendly approaches along the coast of Somalia and the Indian Ocean.
Spanish sailors and marines met local seafarers and spoke about the role of the EU Naval Force to protect vessels and their crews from pirates. The sailors and marines also learned about the seafarers’ daily lives and challenges that they face at sea.
The leader of the Spanish Marine team stated:
During our deployment we met many locals at sea. They told us about their culture and traditions and we were able to explain how we have helped to keep the seas off the coast of Somalia safer.