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Spanish MPRA detachment celebrates impressive 10 year milestone

2018 marks the tenth year of EU NAVFOR’s Spanish maritime patrol aircraft detachments operations.

A lot has changed over the last ten years, including the types of aircraft used: with a P-3 Orion from 11th Wing (Morón Air Base) taking over from the D4s (CN-235s).

Their main mission is to fly over the operational areas, detect suspicious skiffs and guide warships to their position. They are also able to collect intelligence on specific areas. The aircraft’s are equipped with several advanced surveillance systems, which significantly enhance EU NAVFOR’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capability in the Somali Basin and Gulf of Aden.  Their speed and high level of endurance make them a key asset in this large operational area.

The tenth anniversary is being celebrated today with a parade, coinciding with the Spanish National Day celebrations. The Spanish Ambassador will also be hosted at a reception with the detachment staff.

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