The Spanish Armed Forces are involved in 16 missions abroad and it is foreseen that by 2021, 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 present in all the military missions that the European Union carries out on the African continent, with deployments in Mali, Central African Republic, Somalia, and Senegal, as well as in EUNAVFOR Atalanta operation, which aims to prevent piracy in the Indian Ocean.
The following map shows the participation of Spanish military units and observers in operations abroad:
INTERACTIVE MAP: Click on each mission to learn more.
Summary of deployments where Spain is involved
|Baltic Countries||Baltic Air Policing||May-2018|
|Romania||enhanced Air Policing||Feb-2021|
|Central African Republic||EUTM RCA||Jul-2016|
|Indian Ocean||EUNAVFOR Atalanta||Sep-2008|
|Turkey||Support to Turkey||Sep-2014|
|Bosnia i Herzegovina||EUFOR Althea BiH||Dec-2004|
|Mediterranean Sea||Standing NATO Maritime Groups and Counter-Mine||Jan-2017|
|Latvia||Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP)||Jun-2017|
|Several operation areas||Sea Guardian
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|Varias zonas||SEGURIDAD COOPERATIVA ACTIVIDADES DIPLOMATICAS
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Take over of the Air Force contingent of the 'Marfil' Tactical Air Detachment2021/07/19
In Dakar, SenegalMore information
Spanish ninth rotation within the eFP mission in Latvia begins its journey2021/07/15
A new Spanish replacement as EUTM-RCA Chief of Staff2021/07/13
Bangui, RCAMore information
Operations Command, Estudiantes Foundation and Movistar donate sports equipment to Somali women's basketball team2021/07/08
Retamares Base, (Pozuelo de Alarcón)More information
Spain's Prime Minister visits Vilkas Detachment2021/07/08
In Šiauliai (Lituania)More information