Yep, no more Meroka at all.
http://ecodiario.eleconomista.es/esp...a-Somalia.htmlThe Spanish frigate 'Méndez Núñez', deployed in the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Somalia, prevented the kidnapping last week of North Korean-flagged merchant ship 'Dae San', in circumstances that are being investigated .
As reported today by the Ministry of Defence, the merchant was anchored and guarded by police maritime region of Puntland, northern Somalia, for allegedly pouring cement, when the Spanish frigate received a message that she had been kidnapped.
After the first reports, in which the circumstances were not clear, Defence worked with the possibility that the police themselves which were guarding him had decided to hijack the merchant.
The frigate 'Méndez Núñez, who had just completed his second ship escort World Food Program, was appointed to investigate the incident.
Early on Dec. 19, in a joint operation with another ship deployed in the EU operation Atalanta, the Spanish frigate intercepted the 'Dae San' when navigating in areas held by pirates in northern Somalia.
The merchant was escorted to his return to Boosaaso, its home port, where local authorities took over the investigation of the incident.
http://www.armada.mde.es/ArmadaPorta...ion=selectItemThe Oceanographic Research Vessel SPS 'Hesperides' has arrived at the two Spanish bases in Antarctica, "Juan Carlos I" on Livingston Island and "Gabriel de Castilla" on Decepción Island. On arrival, the Spanish Navy ship proceeded to the discharge of personnel and material required for the opening of the bases.On 17 December, the 'Hesperides' left the southern city of Punta Arenas (Chile). After crossing the Patagonian Channels and the 'Mar de Hoces', reached the South Shetland Islands in the morning of 21, where he made transfers of personnel and material to Argentina scientific base "Carlini" and the Chilean base "Presidente Frei".
Then sailed for Livingston Island for discharging necessary personnel and material and so proceed with the opening of the base "Juan Carlos I", which this year celebrates 25 years since its founding. Also took the opportunity to move some Bulgarian scientists to base "St. Kliment Ohridski ".
During the morning of 23 the ship moved to Decepción Island. After inspecting its seismic and volcanic activity, as the island is an active volcano, was proceeded to the discharge of personnel to implement the base "Gabriel de Castilla". In the afternoon we held the act of hoisting the national flag, signaling the beginning of the two Antarctic bases.
http://www.armada.mde.es/ArmadaPorta...ion=selectItemThe combat supply ship SPS 'Cantabria' has departed this morning from Naval Station La Graña, in Ferrol (La Coruña), bound for Australia, to be deployed in mid-February with the Australian Navy for a period of nine months.
The deployment of the 'Cantabria' will allow the Navy to operate in a marked strategic interest scenario, improve the training of the ship and its crew to levels much higher than that provided by the current scenario of budget constraints, and test mechanisms support long duration deployments.
Meanwhile, the cooperation of the Spanish ship served the Royal Australian Navy to increase their training and evaluate the capabilities of the 'Cantabria' class with a view to replacing its logistic support vessels, so that this deployment will enable a detailed evaluation of their abilities as a possible candidate for the program future supply Australians ships.
To address this long deployment, the 'Cantabria' has been under intense training, including a period of immobilization in drydock and sea trials off the coast of Ferrol. Thereafter the ship was moved to the Rota Naval Base to conduct training supported by the Centre for Evaluation and Assessment for Combat, complete outstanding certifications and verify proper operation of equipment and systems.
For this mission, the ship will have a crew of 146 men and women. For jobs, these are 21 officers (including the Commander), 24 NCOs, 25 corporals first, 16 corporals and 60 sailors.
Besides the Spanish military personnel during the transit to Sydney a contingent of twelve members of the Australian Navy will embark, which will be fully integrated in the 'Cantabria' to start its setting on the platform and training in handling equipment.
Armada española, the spanish navy
TEAR (Tercio de Armada)
http://www.ejercitodelaire.mde.es/ea...257AEF0033FA3CFirst Spanish Air Force pilot with over a thousand hours on Eurofighter
In a mission of the Basic Training Plan (BAP) of 113th Squadron / 11th Wing commander Miguel Angel Roque de Santiago became a milestone in the history of the operation of the EF2000 (C.16). And it was the first occasion in which an Air Force pilot exceeded the barrier of a thousand flying hours in this material.
The commander came destined to Ala 11 in January 2006 and has been 113th Squadron instructor for more than four years.
The C.16 was commissioned in the Air Force in October 2004. Its principal mission is air defense. But it can make a variety of side missions and air-to-surface attack. Currently provides two Air Force Wings, 11th Wing in Morón and 14th Wing in Albacete.
Pic by MDE
RIP Sergeant David Fernández Ureña
Sergeant David Fernández Ureña, integrated into the unit XXXII ASPFOR Engineers, died today when exploding an IED (improvised explosive device) while conducting reconnaissance on the route OPAL, between the villages of Qala-i-Naw and Darra -i-Bun, Afghanistan. The blast, whose cause was under investigation, occurred when his reconnaissance team examined a portion of the route where it had been located OPAL an IED (improvised explosive device).
Sergeant Fernández Ureña, who was part of a bomb disposal team, was 35, a native of Bilbao, unmarried and childless. He joined the Army in 2000 and since 2008 was stationed at the Specialities Regiment of Engineers Pontoneros and Zaragoza. In 2009 he participated in the Afghanistan mission, for which he was awarded the medal of NATO-ISAF. Sergeant Fernández Ureña was NBC specialist, operator EOD and had the basic parachuting course.
Lo demandó el honor y obedecieron, lo requirió el deber y lo acataron; con su sangre la empresa rubricaron, con su esfuerzo la Patria engrandecieron.
Fueron grandes y fuertes, porque fueron fieles al juramento que empeñaron. Por eso como valientes lucharon,y como héroes murieron.
Por la Patria morir fue su destino, querer a España su pasión eterna, servir en los Ejércitos su vocación y sino.
No quisieron servir a otra Bandera,no quisieron andar otro camino,no supieron vivir de otra manera.
(oración de los caídos)
[SIZE=3][FONT=book antiqua]Claimed by the honor, they obeyed,[/FONT][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][FONT=book antiqua]duty requires, they fulfilled;[/FONT][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][FONT=book antiqua]with their blood the enterprise initialed[/FONT][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][FONT=book antiqua]with their effort fatherland aggrandized.
[SIZE=3][FONT=book antiqua]They were big and strong, because they were[/FONT][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][FONT=book antiqua]faithful to the oath compromised.[/FONT][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][FONT=book antiqua]So as brave fought,[/FONT][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][FONT=book antiqua]and died as heroes.
[SIZE=3][FONT=book antiqua]their destiny was for the Motherland die,[/FONT][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][FONT=book antiqua]Spain their love eternal passion,[/FONT][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][FONT=book antiqua]serve in the Army their vocation and fate.
[SIZE=3][FONT=book antiqua]They would not serve another flag,[/FONT][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][FONT=book antiqua]would not walk another path,[/FONT][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][FONT=book antiqua]failed to live differently.
Prayer for the Fallen[/FONT][/SIZE]