Spanish Frigate Conducted Successful Counter Piracy Deployment with EUNAVFOR

By Curious
On August 7th, Wednesday, the Spanish frigate vessel ESPS Numancia accomplished her deployment with the EU NAVFOR Somalia - Operation Atalanta, and began her journey back to her home port in Rota, Spain.

It was the 2nd time when the Spanish frigate ship has deployed as part of EU NAVFOR, the 1st having been from the end of 2008 to early 2009, when she played the role of a flag ship for EU NAVFOR, at a time when the EU's fight against piracy in the Indian Ocean was just starting.

During the last few months, the Spanish frigate ESPS Numancia has been at sea for 112 days, sailed over 25,000 miles and has been actively engaged in a great diversity of tasks.

She has completed thirty-eight 'friendly approaches' to dhows and skiffs in effort to promote understanding about the mission of EU NAVFOR between fishermen and local sea merchants and to collect information about the pattern of life in the area.
When the merchant ship MV Albedo sank off the coast of Somalia, the Spanish frigate ship ESPS Numancia was the 1st vessel to arrive at the anchorage and her Commanding Officer took charge of the Search and Rescue efforts that for the first 2 days were conducted by ESPS Numancia, her helicopters and the Spanish Maritime Patrol Aircraft based in Djibouti. ESPS Numancia frigate also completed surveillance of the pirated fishing ship FV Naham 3.