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Purpose of the mission - Offshore patrol vessel ‘Serviola’ (PA-71) – West African Deployment - Activities - Armada Española - Ministerio de Defensa - Gobierno de España

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Offshore patrol vessel ‘Serviola’ (PA-71) – West African Deployment

  • Purpose of the mission

Purpose of the mission Activities

Purpose of the mission

The offshore patrol vessel (OPV) ‘Serviola’ set sail to conduct a series of activities in Africa as part of the Defense Diplomacy Plan. These deployments are intended to enhance maritime security and to carry out cooperative security operations in West Africa and the Gulf of Guinea, organized by the Ministry of Defense, the Chief of the Defense Staff (JEMAD) and the Spanish Navy.

In the course of the four-month deployment, the ‘Serviola’ will be integrated into the operational structure of the Armed Forces under direct command of the Maritime Security and Surveillance Command. The deployment will be divided into three stages: the first one, until mid-March, includes the transit to the Gulf of Guinea with cooperative security drills with the Mauritanian and Cape Verdean Navies.

During the second stage the PA-71 will deploy in the Gulf of Guinea to conduct military support activities with the Navies of Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon, Angola, Gabon, Sao Tomé and Principe, and Nigeria. The third and final stage will take place in Cape Verde once again and a series of military cooperation activities with Morocco.

Defense Diplomacy Plan

During her tour around the African coast, the PA-71 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 to promote the objectives of the defense policy like conflict prevention and enhancement of security capabilities, in turn safeguarding security in Spain.

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