The amphibious assault ship ‘Galicia’ (LPD-type) set sail from Rota Naval Base to take part, as flagship, in the European Union counter-piracy Operation ‘Atalanta’ in the Indian Ocean under command of Spanish Navy Rear-Admiral Rafael Fernández-Pintado and his Staff.
This is the fourth time the ‘Galicia’ (L-51) participates in this operation and the second as command ship.
For this mission, the ship has embarked two SH-3D helicopters and four remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) as well as a Marine Corps Special Operations squad.
Operation ‘Atalanta’ was set up by the European Union in December 2008 to fight piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Somalia, reinforce maritime security and protect World Food Program (WFP) ships.
LPD ‘Galicia’ (L-51)
The landing platform dock (LPD) ‘Galicia’ is an amphibious assault ship built by Navantia in 1997 and delivered to the Spanish Navy on April 29th 1998.
The L-51 has participated in many national and international missions, among them, Operation ‘Libre Hidalgo’ (2006) in support of the UN peace-keeping mission in the Lebanon and, as explained above, Operation ‘Atalanta’ on three previous occasions (2010, 2011 and 2015).
LPDs are designed to carry troops and vehicles for amphibious operations and can also operate helicopters from their aft flight deck. They regularly participate in humanitarian aid and peace-keeping missions providing support and medical assistance.
The amphibious assault ship ‘Galicia’ set sail from Rota Naval Base to take part, as flagship, in the European Union counter-piracy Operation ‘Atalanta’ in the Indian Ocean
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