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Spanish relay in Atalanta

(B2) The Spanish frigate Victoria (F-82) took over on Tuesday (November 5) from its sister ship Canarias (F-86), engaged since July in the EU anti-piracy operation (EUNavfor Atalanta)

(credit: Spanish Armada)

For the Spanish class frigate Santa Maria, the arrival in the Indian Ocean is not new. She participated, in fact, in the anti-piracy operation three times, participating in particular in a number of decisive actions by Atalanta (read: 18 months after the start of the operation, Atalanta in offensive mode). With the flagship, ITS Marceglia, it is the only naval means of the operation to cover an area almost as vast as Europe. 

The ESPS Victoria belongs to the 41st Escort Squadron of the Spanish Navy and Combat Group 1 (COMGRUP-1) of the Naval Action Force (Fuerza de Action Naval or FAN). Based in Rota, it has a certain versatility allowing it to carry out quite varied missions, in particular maritime interdiction or maritime control operations.

ESPS Victoria also have took part in the embargo of Yugoslavia (Operation Sharp Guard), in deployments in the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf during the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq, in operations Active Endeavor et Enduring Freedom, as in the operation Sophia in Mediterranean.


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).