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The offshore patrol vessel ‘Atalaya’ (P-74) heads for West Africa and the Gulf of Guinea.
Friday, August 09, 2019

The offshore patrol vessel (OPV) ‘Atalaya’ set sail from Ferrol for a four-month deployment in the Gulf of Guinea integrated into the operational structure of the Armed Forces. These deployments are intended to enhance maritime and cooperative security operations in West Africa and the present mission is divided into three stages:

The first one, until the beginning of September, includes Cooperative Security activities with the navies of Mauritania and Cape Verde.

During the second stage, the OPV will deploy in Gulf of Guinea waters and will carry out maritime security exercises with navy units from Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon, Angola, Gabon, Sao Tomé and Principe and Nigeria so as to enhance their naval capabilities and foster mutual understanding and confidence.

The third and final stage will consist of military cooperation activities with Morocco and Cooperative Security operations with Senegal and, again, with Cape Verde.

Cooperative Security and Defense Diplomacy Plan

The ‘Atalaya’ (P-74) is replacing her sister ship ‘Serviola’ in this deployment. These ships support the Defense Diplomacy Plan designed to cooperate with regional west-African nations to help them enhance their maritime capabilities and to promote mutual understanding and confidence, ultimately contributing to maritime security of Spain as well.

The ‘Atalaya’, under command of Lt-Cdr. Vicente Calvar, is the fourth and last OPV of her class. She was built by Navantia in Ferrol and commissioned into active service in 1992. Her main missions include maritime and cooperative security, and collaboration with other Constabulary and State departments with responsibilities in the maritime domain.

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