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Deployments

 

The Spanish Armed Forces are involved in 17 missions abroad and it is foreseen that by 2022, the highest number of troops simultaneously deployed will not exceed 2.900, excluding occasional adjustments in some of the missions depending on requirements such as those derived from the temporary exercise of command over international forces, or due to the health and security situation.

The largest contingents are in Lebanon, with over 600 blue helmets, and in Mali, with roughly 500 troops. Within NATO, they monitor the waters of the Mediterranean and take part in the defense of the Baltic countries and Turkey.

Spain is also involved in all the military missions that the European Union is carrying out on the African continent, with deployments in Mali, the Central African Republic, Somalia and Senegal, as well as the presence of military observers in Mozambique. Our Armed Forces are also involved in Operation Atalanta, which aims at countering piracy in the Indian Ocean, deploying troopd and assets belonging to the Navy and the Air Force, all conducted from the ES-OHQ located at Rota Naval Base in Spain.

The following map shows the participation of Spanish military units and observers in operations abroad:

 

INTERACTIVE MAP: Click on each mission to learn more.

  Baltic Air Policing NATO naval groupings African deployment Operation Sea Guardian MVNUC Support to Mali EUTM-Mali EUTM-RCA UNIFIL EUTM-Somalia EUTM-Mozambique EUNAVFOR 'Atalanta' Inherent resolve / NMI Support to Turkey eAP-Bulgaria EUFOR - Althea Enhanced Forward Presence

Summary of deployments where Spain is involved

Location Mission Starting  Command
Baltic Countries Baltic Air Policing (BAP) May-2004 OTAN 
Bulgaria / Romania eAP South Feb-2021 OTAN
Central African Republic EUTM RCA Jul-2016 Unón Europea
Somalia EUTM Somalia Jan-2010 Unón Europea
Mali EUTM Mali Jan-2013 Unón Europea
Mozambique EUTM Mozambique Nov-2021 Unón Europea
Iraq Inherent Resolve Oct-2014 OTAN
Senegal Marfil Detachment Jan-2013 Unón Europea
Indian Ocean EUNAVFOR Atalanta Sep-2008 Unón Europea
Turkey Support to Turkey Sep-2014 OTAN
Bosnia i Herzegovina EUFOR Althea BiH Dec-2004 OTAN
Mediterranean Sea Standing NATO Maritime Groups and Counter-Mine Jan-2017 OTAN
Lebanon UNIFIL Sep-2006 ONU
Colombia UN Colombia Aug-2012 ONU
Latvia Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Jun-2017 OTAN
Several operation areas Sea Guardian  Nov-2016 OTAN
Several operational areas Diplomacy and Cooperative Security Activities  

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