Spanish frigate VICTORIA leaves EU NAVFOR after four months of excellent serviceAugust 9, 2010 - 16:24
The Spanish frigate VICTORIA finished as an EU NAVFOR warship in the same way as she started; by detecting, apprehending and boarding pirate vessels. She has conducted a variety of tasks in the force and has found herself at the centre of the action on more than a few occasions.
During her 99 days at sea she has spent a good deal of her time conducting the main task of EU NAVFOR – escorting World Food Programmes and AMISOM’s transports as well as protecting the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor, safeguarding one of the world’s busiest sea routes. SPS VICTORIA has spent the majority of her time patrolling the Somali Basin, the waters between the Somali coast and the Seychelles.
In his farewell signal to the Spanish frigate the EU NAVFOR Force Commander Jan Thörnqvist stated: “My hearty thanks and congratulations to SPS VICTORIA for a well carried out mission as part of EU NAVFOR – BZ.”
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