Frigate ESPS Santa Maria of Spain has been redeployed on the Operation Atalanta on 15th May to stay in the next five months.
Spanish frigate ESPS Santa Maria May 2016 © EUNAVFOR
Described by EU NAVAL Force, Frigate ESPS Santa Maria has a high caliber Operational capabilities including a unique Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance system, Remotely Piloted Air System, and the Seahawk Helicopter on board.
With the arrival of ESPS Santa Maria, the Multitask Warship ESPS Tornado also of Spanish Navy will return to its port in Gran Canaria, after months of successfully conducting counter-privacy Operations in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden.
Spanish Minister of Defense visits EU NAVFOR warship in Djibouti, by EU NAVFOR July 2011