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    The oceanographic research vessel SPS 'Hesperides' has returned to their base in Cartagena after completing his 18th Antarctic Campaign. Upon arrival, the ship has been received by the Maritime Action Admiral, Vice Admiral Javier Franco Suances, with family and friends of the crew members.
    During the more than three and a half months that lasted the mission, the ship has sailed 21,000 miles and has conducted two scientific projects supported by the 57 crewmen and civil technicians on board.
    Participated in this campaign, as well as Spanish naval vessel, elements from different organisms, classified in the National Research Council (CSIC), Spanish universities and staff of the Hydrographer of the Navy.
    The first project involved the anchoring of different scientific teams to obtain samples of sediments and water. Furthermore, using the presence of members of the Navy Hydrographic Institute (IHM) has conducted a bathymetric survey of the antartic area, which has supported the scientific study simultaneously.
    After the first part of the campaign, began the project of IHM, which has conducted hydrographic surveys as a continuation of work already completed in February 2009 and January / February 2010 on board the BIO 'Las Palmas'.
    This project is the publication of new nautical charts that will cancel the existing and covering areas not currently included in the National Marine Cartography.
    Work areas have been covered the South Coast of Livingston Island, Deception Island, South Shetland Islands and Bransfield Strait, all in the Antarctic continent.
    During the course of the work in the area near the Spanish base "Gabriel de Castilla" has achieved full coverage bathymetry of the seabed inside Deception Island with unprecedented quality. The combination of the multibeam sounder 'Hesperides' depth sounder with shallow water portable IHM, newly acquired, made this milestone.
    Also the field work in Byers Peninsula will allow the development of supporting documents such as paths, which contain information relevant to the approach, funding and access to the beach from small boats, as well as wildlife and vegetation of the area .
    It is important to note that the bathymetric survey of the area south of Camp Byers, has located a low isolated from 11 meters, not hidrografiado far and away from the coast in funds over 35 meters. They propose to name it 'La Pepa' in tribute to the first Spanish Constitution, that this year celebrates her bicentenary.
    Finally, in addition to scientific work, the Spanish naval vessel has also logistical missions. It has supported various Antarctic bases, not just Spanish, but from other countries, has shifted personnel and scientific equipment, military and has assisted in provisioning tasks.
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    The frigate SPS 'Blas de Lezo' has sailed from the military ****nal of Ferrol to the U.S. East Coast to participate in the training phase of Task Force carrier USS 'Eisenhower', with an antiaircraft Ticonderoga class cruiser and three Arleigh Burke class destroyers .
    During the exercises, will integrate all available means to deal with a simulated scenario of crisis that includes all aspects of the currents conflicts: support for combat operations, maritime security operations, piracy, protection of facilities (pipelines and oil platforms ) and humanitarian and noncombatant evacuation operations .
    After completion of these maneuvers, the frigate will collaborate with the international group to combat drug trafficking in the Caribbean Sea patrol.
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    Spanish frigate SPS 'Reina Sofia' has apprehended 16 suspected pirates who had seized a 'dhow' in the Arabian Sea.
    She headed for a safe place off the coast of Somalia, which will leave 16 suspected pirates.
    The operation was carried out on the night of April 14 when the frigate neutralized a 'dhow' that allegedly was used for piracy activities in the area of ​​the Arabian Sea.
    One unit of Special Naval War (UGNE) embarked on the frigate boarded quickly the 'dhow' and controlled in a few minutes to all staff on board, a total of 20, of which, as found immediately, four were crew members while another 16 were suspected Somali pirates who hijacked the 'dhow' in late March.
    Were found on board many small arms, grenade launchers and ammunition, which was a clear sign that the 'dhow' was likely to be used as mother ship for piracy actions. All the weapons on board the 'dhow', of Yemeni flag, was seized.
    Apparently, neither the captain nor the owner nor the crew of the merchant attacked intend to lodge a complaint, so that the frigate will allow the boat to head for its home port in Al-Mukalla, southeast of Yemen.
    The frigate SPS "Reina Sofía" participates in Operation Atalanta European Union to combat piracy in the Indian Ocean. The vessel hijacked by pirates and taken up by the assault unit is suspected of involvement in several attempted acts of piracy on merchant ships passing through the area, so the Atalanta Operation Commander ordered frigate Reina Sofia 'that locate and storm' it.
    This action of the Spanish Armada is a blow to the mafias operating in piracy off the coast of Somalia, having removed a band performing in a major shipping route and which, according to their background, feared further kidnappings in the near future of one of the merchant vessels transiting the area.
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    Coinciding with the stopover of the frigate SPS Blas de Lezo in Norfolk (USA), the Armada has participated in a tribute to three sailors who fought in the Spanish–American War (Guerra de Cuba) in 1898.
    It was in a simple ceremony in gratitude to those who gave their lives for Spain in which crew members of the Spanish frigate, among whom some are direct descendants of sailors who participated in the war, laid wreaths on the graves .
    The Commander of the 'Blas de Lezo', History PhD, has been who has rescued the memory of these soldiers and found their graves in the old Naval Hospital in Norfolk.
    Their graves are identified as sailor Jose Charlín Bouza and soldier Marine Jaime Doltre Folguers, manning the armored cruiser 'Oquendo,' and the sailor Jose Garcia Lopez, cruiser 'Cristóbal Colón'. The three honorees were members of the squadron of Admiral Cervera. They being rescued by U.S. Navy after the Santiago battle and died as prisoners.
    The event was chaired by Vice Admiral Antonio Hernandez, the highest authority of the Armada in U.S., and by Rear Admiral Michael C. Manazir, Head of the aircraft carrier Battle Group of the USS 'Dwight D. Eisenhower ', with which the frigate is scheduled to perform exercises in the coming weeks. Also attended a committee of the crew of the frigate, representatives of the Armada serving in the United States and members of the U.S. Navy.
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    HRH the Prince of Asturias visited the Center of Excellence against Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED COE) of NATO, which is located within the grounds of the Engineering Academy of the Army in Hoyo de Manzanares (Madrid).


    Don Felipe, accompanied by Chief of Defense Staff, Admiral General Garcia Sanchez, was received by the head of the center, Colonel Santiago San Antonio. The director of the Academy, General Antonio Gonzalez, was also present in the greeting line formed after the rendering of honors to the Crown Heir, and the head of the Directorate of Army Barracks, General Jose L. Mirror Alvarez, among others.


    Following a presentation of the capabilities and missions of C-IED COE, His Highness visited one of the laboratories available for analysis and testing of IEDs, and then attended the meeting working group that NATO has to address these issues.


    After that, it became a family photo with the components of the Center of Excellence, which received NATO accreditation is determined as such in October 2010.


    At present, a total of 54 experts for belonging to different nationalities that comprise it: Spain, Germany, France, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, initially six signatory countries, the United States and Hungary, which joined early 2011.
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    At sunset on Wednesday, fifty miles off the coast of Tanzania, the spanish patrol SPS "Infanta Elena" spotted the dhow "Nimesha Duwa" that it is knew his presence in the area.
    Under tight security and authorization of force command of Operation Atalanta, a patrol team "Intanta Elena" proceeded to intercept the dhow.
    On board were seven suspected Somali pirates and 6 fishermen initial crew of the ship. Both groups were medically checked on board and were provided food and water.
    The dhow was hijacked off the coast of Sri Lanka six months ago. Since then it was used as mother ship by Somali pirates and appears to be related to a failed attack on a merchant ship in the Mozambique Channel on weekend.
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    The oceanographic research vessel SPS 'Las Palmas' has returned to its base at Cartagena Military ****nal after completing the 2011-2012 Antarctic Campaign.
    Last March began his return from the Antarctic territory, after closing the two Spanish bases, "Gabriel de Castilla", and "Juan Carlos I '. She has stopped at 21 bases of 13 different nationalities.
    During her presence in Antarctica, the SPS 'Las Palmas' has sailed twelve times across Hoces Sea (also called Drake Passage), the most stormy sea at world.
    She transported 168 scientific, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Argentine, German, Bulgarian, Mongolian, Italian and American.
    Has transported 77 tons of material to the Antarctic bases, 38 tonnes of food and removed 14 tons of waste on the Antarctic continent. It has also supplied 93,500 liters of fuel to the bases and made ​​a total of 402 landings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grabie_bis View Post
    Out of curiosity: compared to other European Navies, what position would our Armada rank? I heard it is highly regarded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miguelencanarias View Post
    Out of curiosity: compared to other European Navies, what position would our Armada rank? I heard it is highly regarded.

    No offence but...seriously?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grabie_bis View Post
    No offense but...seriously?
    Yeah, I know how it sounds, but hand to God it is what I have heard, and not as a bout of chauvinism. Serious people said that. That's why I am asking.

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