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Deployment of a Coastal Defence Unit integrated into the Maritime Operational Command

November 14, 2022
  • The unit will be deployed until November 20 in Mallorca

The Coastal Artillery Regiment 4 (RACTA 4), belonging to the Field Artillery Command (MACA) of the Spanish Army, will deploy, from November 13 to 20, a Coastal Artillery Defense Unit (UDACTA) in Palma de Mallorca, Llucmajor and Calviá.

This unit, made up of more than a hundred military personnel, artillery material and logistical and command elements, will be integrated into the Maritime Operational Command (MOM), under the operational control of the Operations Command (MOPS), in an exercise that is part of its preparation for the fulfillment of its permanent missions.

The mission is a logistical challenge, both because of the distances to be covered and the diversity of means of transport to be used. The aforementioned aspects show the marked expeditionary character of this unit, already demonstrated last year in this same island in a similar deployment and in the deployment carried out this year in the Canary Islands.

Military personnel from the General Command of the Balearic Islands will also participate in the exercise, both by providing the necessary logistical support to the deployment, as well as with a Company of the Regiment Palma 47 with the mission of increasing the capacity of close protection to all deployed elements.

Maritime Operational Command (MOM)

MOM is the organisation of the operational structure of the Armed Forces, subordinated to the Chief of Defence Staff, responsible for planning, conducting and monitoring surveillance and security operations in maritime areas of sovereignty, responsibility and national interest. It is under the command of the Admiral of Maritime Action (ALMART) and is based in Cartagena.

Surveillance and Deterrence Standing operations

Surveillance and Deterrence Standing operations are an effective tool to maintain surveillance of sovereign spaces, which allows for the early detection of threats and facilitates an immediate and viable response to a potential crisis.

The Land (MOT), Maritime (MOM), Aerospace (MOA) and Cyberspace (MOC) Operational Commands make up the Permanent Command structure, which has more than 3,000 military personnel involved in these operations on a daily basis.