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African deployment - Offshore patrol vessel ‘Infanta Cristina’ (P-77)

  • African deployment - Offshore patrol vessel ‘Infanta Cristina’ (P-77)

African deployment - Offshore patrol vessel ‘Infanta Cristina’ (P-77) Activities

Purpose of the mission

The offshore patrol vessel (OPV) ‘Infanta Cristina’ is scheduled to conduct several cooperation activities around the Western coast of Africa until mid-December 2017 which both, the Ministry of Defense and the Spanish Navy organize as part of the Defense Diplomacy Plan.

During the four-month deployment the ship will cooperate with Gulf of Guinea countries to enhance their naval capabilities, foster mutual knowledge and contribute to regional maritime security, ultimately benefiting the own security of Spain.

This deployment is intended to increase stability and maritime security in the area with several training exercises and drills. Other nations will also provide naval assets to this endeavor like the U.S., Germany, Italy, Portugal, the U.K., France, Belgium and Denmark.

Defense Diplomacy Plan

During her tour around the African coast, the patrol vessel will support the Defense Diplomacy Plan: a series of international activities based on dialogue and cooperation organized by the Ministry of Defense at bilateral level with allied or partner nations, in order topromote the objectives of the defense policy like conflict prevention and enhancement of security capabilities.

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