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Spanish CHOD welcomes its Romanian counterpart on an official visit to Spain

Madrid / Cádiz
October 5, 2022
  • General Daniel Petrescu had the opportunity to visit the facilities of the Retamares Base and travel to San Fernando

The Chief of Defence (JEMAD in Spanish), Admiral General Teodoro López Calderón, hosted his Romanian counterpart, General Daniel Petrescu, during his official visit to Spain on October 3 and 4.

As the initial activity of this trip, the Romanian Armed Forces Chief of Defence Staff participated in the tribute to the fallen ceremony at the Plaza de la Lealtad. Next, along with Admiral General López Calderón, he visited he Operations Command (MOPS) at the Retamares Base, in Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid), where he was welcomed by its Commander, Lieutenant General Francisco Braco.

General Petrescu saw first-hand the tasks related to planning, monitoring and conducting all the Armed Forces’ joint operations and visited the MOPS control centre, from which all operations are managed, both standing ones in national territory and operations abroad in which Spanish military are deployed.

Later, General Petrescu was welcomed at the Armed Forces Intelligence Center (CIFAS in Spanish) by its director, Major General Antonio Romero Losada. Afterwards he went to the Joint Cyberspace Command building, where he met with its Commander, Major General Rafael Hernández.

On the following day, the 4th, the Head of the Romanian Armed Forces, accompanied by the ESP CHOD, travelled to San Fernando, Cádiz, where he visited the state-owned company Navantia.

They were accompanied by Corvettes and Offshore Patrol Vessels Business Director, José Antonio Rodríguez Poch, they had the opportunity to see first-hand the company's capabilities in terms of shipbuilding and integration of onboard systems. After signing the Book of Honour, General Petrescu paid a visit to the shipyard’s dock.

The delegation then travelled to the Bujeo Base, headquarters of the 4th Coastal Artillery Regiment (RACTA-4), where they were welcomed by the Head of the Unit, Colonel Julián González Juárez. After a presentation by the Coastal Artillery Defence Unit (UDACTA), a visit was paid to its command post and to the Coastal Artillery Operations Centre (COACTA). The visit ended with the signing on the Book of Honour.