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The Spanish flagship of Atalanta broken down

The Canarias escorting a fishing vessel (Credit: Spanish Ministry of Defence, 2009)

It's not just the Charles de Gaulle to have engine damage :) Spanish ships are also subject to this “mania”.

Witness the problem with the supply ship El Patino which had just taken over from the De Grasse in the Indian Ocean and was to serve as flagship for Rear Admiral Juan Rodriguez Garat for command of the Atalanta force in the area. It has a breakdown in one of its two engines, which can only be repaired on Spanish territory, confirmed Carme Chacon, the Spanish Minister of Defense, in Madrid on Thursday, according to our Spanish colleagues at EFE. And that should take some time. So it's the frigate Canary Islands, who already participated in the Atalanta mission a year ago, during the capture of the Alakrana, which will replace, at short notice, the El Patino. She will quickly reach the Indian Ocean to be the flagship.

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).