Spanish Warship in Counter-Piracy Mission with EU NAVFOR

By Curious

After sailing through the Suez Canal and Bab-el-Mandeb strait, ESPS Rayo vessel joined EU NAVFOR Somalia – Operation Atalanta on Tuesday, 26th of February, 2013. Having finished her 1st patrol in the Southern Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, the Spanish war vessel is currently alongside Djibouti, along with EU NAVFOR flagship, ESPS Méndez Núnez.
On the February 15, 2013 Spanish mariners and an AB212 helicopter embarked ESPS Rayo and departed her base port of Cartegena, having finished an intense period of operational sea training. The commanding Officer of the of ESPS Rayo warship told “I am really proud to bring my vessel and vessel’s company to Operation Atalanta. The Spanish Navy continues to make a considerable contribution to fighting piracy off Somalia, assisting to make the seas safer for merchant vessels bringing goods into Europe.”
ESPS Rayo ship is a modern multi-purpose Oceanic Patrol Vessel capable of to accomplish a wide spectrum of missions. Commissioned to the Spanish Navy in May 2012, has a displacement of 2500 tons, is 95 meters long and for this mission has eighty-three crew members on board.