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Spanish relay within Atalanta

The Tornado (credit: Spanish Navy)
The Tornado off the Horn of Africa (credit: Spanish Navy)

(B2) The Maritime Action Ship Tornado (*) replaced the frigate 'Victoria' who left the European Union's anti-piracy operation in the Indian Ocean (EUNAVFOR Atalanta) at the end of February. It will be deployed there in the Horn of Africa until mid-May. THE Tornado is the most modern of the four BAM ('buque de acción marítima') ships of the Spanish Navy.

Built by the Navantia shipyards in San Fernando (Cádiz), it was delivered in July 2012. 93,90 meters long and 14,20 meters wide, it also has an SH-60B helicopter and security forces of the Navy, key elements for a mission like Atalanta » we specify to the general staff of the Spanish navy.


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).