1. France (nuclear carrier)
2. UK (no more Harriers)
3. Italy (a bit more ships; it is still true?)
4. Spain (on paper, surprisingly good ships, IMO)
Russia not considered!
I am not Spanish so I must be objective.
P.S. For 10 years now I have a good impression of the Spanish Navy.
20th April 2012. The aircraft carrier SPS "Príncipe de Asturias" continued his naval activity during the second quarter of this year with the completion of a series of exercises planned by Armada in the Gulf of Cadiz.
Among the scheduled exercises held the qualification of pilots of different aircraft squadrons of "Príncipe de Asturias", exercises and missile air defense, air support to forces deployed ashore, battle stations, search and rescue of shipwrecked , failure of government and precision navigation.
Furthermore, to collaborate with strategic projection ship SPS "Juan Carlos I" who was also conducting exercises at sea.
The combat supply ship SPS 'Patiño' is at Ferrol Arsenal after completing his participation in Operation Atalanta to combat piracy. The 215 crew on board had spent five months away from its base.
The SPS 'Patiño' sailed from Ferrol on 21 November with the main mission of assuming the functions of command ship of the Naval Force of the European Union (EUNAVFOR).
The ship has been 158 days out of its base has spent 130 days built into the operation to combat piracy. She has made several World Food Programme merchant ships escorts.
'Patiño' has been relieved by the frigate SPS 'Reina Sofia', which participates in Atalanta with the patrol SPS 'Infanta Elena', thus contributing to the commitment made by Spain in their struggle to maintain security in the Gulf of Aden and Somalia.
Photos by Señalero
Artillery regiments of the Spanish Army celebrated yesterday the "Dos de Mayo". The first Army unit that supported the popular uprising against the French occupiers in Madrid on May 2, 1808, was artillery battery of Monleón Barracks, under the command of Captain Daoíz. Since then spanish artillery forces provide military honors at Aniversary in various towns of Spain.
Melilla. Photo: El Faro
An SH-3D helicopter of 5th Air Squadron of the Armada , the "Morsa-08", has made the 1,000th take in the flight deck of the SPS 'Juan Carlos I'. The pilots used night vision goggles, following the sampling procedure laid down in the ship's flight operations.
LHD 'Juan Carlos I' was in the sea completing the operational assessment (EVALO) of various ship systems. Progress was also made in the certification of their flight deck in operations.
The fight against drug trafficking has taken another quantum leap in Spain with the use of modern Eurofighter to combat drug trafficking networks. In an operation led by the Guardia Civil, which has enjoyed the cooperation of Morocco, these fighters, who have a sophisticated night vision system, have been critical not only to perform tracking planes and helicopters used by criminal networks, but also to detect the points of take off and logistics bases in the North African country.
Besides the concrete results of the investigation, this is one of the most ambitious operations are designed in the fight against trafficking drug, as it has been necessary to have coordination mechanisms between the different forces acting perfectly oiled.
Among the seized two helicopters and a plane, plus more than a ton of hashish.
The ruins of the old mining town of Mines del Marquesado, in Granada, was the venue for the training exercise in urban areas they have done, from 7 to May 11, components of the 8th Bandera "Don Juan de Austria ", of the Legion, based in Viator (Almería).
During the maneuvers were integrated all the support necessary to conduct combat operations within a population.
So members joined the 8th Bandera sappers of the Sappers Battalion of the Legion, a team of forward observers, and elements of the 7th Bandera.
To give more realistic situations, the units had the intervention of an Opposition Force.
Yes Spain feel the pain .
Muy bueno Churruca