HNLMS Tromp (F803) is the second De Zeven Provinciën-class frigate of the Royal Netherlands Navy. The ship was laid down in 1999, launched in 2001, and commissioned in 2003. The frigate is named after Dutch naval heroes Maarten Tromp (1598–1653) and Cornelis Tromp (1629-1691).
De Zeven Provinciën comes from the original seven provinces of the Netherlands following the Treaty of Utrecht.
Displacing 6,050 tonnes (full load), it is 144 meters long and is capable of a top speed of 30 knots.
The Dutch Air Defence and Command frigate carries a wide mix of sensors and armaments and has a crew of 202. HNLMS Tromp has accommodation for a single NH90 helicopter.
HNLMS Tromp has a stealth-orientated design. The design of the ship incorporates stealth features with emphasis on the reduction of radar cross section, infrared, acoustic, electrical and magnetic signatures.
It is the second time that the frigate takes part in EU Naval Force Somalia. HNLMS Tromp has been supporting Operation Atalanta from February until Mai 2010. During their first deployment the marines on board of HNLMS Tromp entered the pirated MV Taipan and released its whole crew of 13 persons.
ITS Euro is the sixth of the eight frigates Maestrale class, which are named after main winds blowing across the Mediterranean Sea: EURO is a wind that blows from the east at dawn, is relatively moderate and is moving from the African coast until it reaches the Ionian coast, bringing warm air.
Launched April 25 1983, his assignment port is Taranto.
Designed with specific arrangements for anti submarine warfare, ITS Euro also showed remarkable flexibility of use over the years in a variety of missions.
FS La Fayette
La Fayette is a stealth frigate of the French Navy (Marine Nationale). She is the second French vessel to be named after 18th century general Marquis de Lafayette and is the lead ship of her class.
She was laid down in December 1990, launched in June 1992 and commissioned into the French Navy in March 1996.
La Fayette has a displacement of 3,600 tonnes and is 125 meters long. She has a top speed of 25 knots and an embarked Eurocopter AS565 Panther.
This is not La Fayette’s first participation on Operation Atalanta. The French warship was previously deployed to deter and disrupt piracy off Somalia in 2010 and 2012.
ESPS Santa Maria
ESPS Santa María is the first of a six-ship class Squadron built in Ferrol’s shipyard.
She was commissioned in 1986, retrofitted and overhauled in 2011. With a length of 138 meters she has a displacement of 4000 tons.
The Spanish warship integrates a Seahawk helicopter, which will allow her to carry out a wide range of tasks, including maritime surveillance and reconnaissance, intelligence gathering, deployment and protection of boarding teams, among others