rss icon Subscribe
desktop mobile

Operation Atalanta Welcomes ESPS Canarias


Laxman Pai

European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia officially welcomed the ESPS Canarias as she began her most recent deployment with Operation Atalanta.

The ESPS Canarias will sail with Operation Atalanta alongside the ITS Marceglia from the end of July 2019 until early November 2019, countering piracy and monitoring fishing activity off the Somali coast.

Spain continues to show its commitment to the defense of international rights in the Area of Operations and has contributed naval assets, air assets and personnel to Operation Atalanta since its inception in 2008.

The frigate "Canarias" (F-86) is the sixth and last unit of those which make up the 41st Squadron of Escorts class, "Santa María." She was delivered to the Spanish Navy in December 1994. ESPS Canarias measures 14 meters in length and displaces 4,000 tons.

Frigate Captain Ernesto Grueso García will have 230 men and women on board as the crew of the ESPS Canarias. This includes an Embarked Air Unit, an Operational Security Team and a War Force Operations Special Naval Team.

The ESPS Canarias has participated in other deployments, such as the NATO Permanent Grouping No. 2 (SNMG-2), Operation "Enduring Freedom" in the Indian Ocean, Operation "Active Endeavor" and Operation "EUNAVFORMED-Sophia" in the Mediterranean Sea.

Jul 19, 2019



Jumbo's Fairplayer to Test Biofuel Oil

Fairplayer (Photo: Jumbo)

Heavy lift shipping and offshore transportation and installation contractor Jumbo said it has

Diamond S Shipping Sells Two Vessels

Pic: Diamond S Shipping

Connecticut-headquartered Diamond S Shipping Group Inc. (DSG) announced that it has agreed to sell

GIS Sells MR Product Tanker Vessel

Pic: d’Amico International Shipping

Glenda International Shipping (GIS) signed a memorandum of agreement for the sale of MT Glenda


New Guidance on Abduction in Sulu-Celebes Seas


The ReCAAP ISC has produced the “Guidance on Abduction of Crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and Waters

Piracy Down in the Waters Off Nigeria

Pic: Danish Shipping

The number of hijackings and armed attacks on ships sailing off Nigeria has dropped according to



Operation Atalanta Operation Headquarters (OHQ) welcomed a visit from Phillip Belcher

Maritime Apps