The Chief of Defense Staff (CHOD), Admiral General Teodoro E. López Calderón, has made a trip to Djibouti on July 15 and 16 to visit the troops deployed in Operation EUNAVFOR Atalanta.
During the first day, the CHOD visited the Orion Detachment components, where he was able to verify in situ the good work of the Spanish military and the performance of the P-3 Orion aircraft.
Accompanied by the Chief of the Force, Lieutenant Colonel Velázquez-Gaztelu, Admiral López Calderón attended a presentation on the capabilities of the Detachment and the work carried out in Operation Atalanta. He then took a tour of the facilities, including the P-3, where the crew explained the capabilities and how to operate the aircraft.
In his address, the CHOD highlighted the quality and professionalism of the members of the Detachment and the surveillance work carried out with the aircraft, appreciated and recognized by the countries participating in the operation and other countries that participate in the security of the region.
During his visit to the Detachment, the admiral also had two separate meetings with the chief of the French Forces in Djibouti, General Stéphane Dupont, and with the commander of the Joint-Combined Force in the Horn of Africa (CJTF HoA), General William Zana.
On the 16th, coinciding with the feast of the Virgen del Carmen, Patron Saint of the Navy, the Chief of the Army Staff visited the frigate "Navarra", docked in the port of Djibouti.
As soon as he embarked, the admiral addressed the members of the crew and the embarked Force to congratulate them on their Patron and thank them for their work in Operation Atalanta: "It is important to maintain security in this area and your participation is essential," he said.
The CHOD then held a videoconference meeting with the Rota Operational Headquarters (OHQ) commander and the operation's Force Commander, with whom they exchanged views on the development of the mission.
Likewise, the admiral met with the officers, non-commissioned officers and the crew, in their respective chambers, to thank them and personally congratulate them for their work, especially in the harsh conditions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
During his visit to Djibouti, in which he was accompanied by the Commander of the Operations Command and the Spanish Ambassador to Ethiopia, Djibouti and Seychelles, the CHOD also held a meeting with the Second Chief of Staff of the Djiboutian Armies.