The offshore patrol vessel ‘Centinela’ returns home after completing her second Maritime Security Operation (MSO) this year.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

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The offshore patrol vessel ‘Centinela’ returns home after completing her second Maritime Security Operation (MSO) this year.

The offshore patrol vessel (OPV) ‘Centinela’ has just returned to Ferrol (NW Spain) after her second maritime security operation (MSO) in 2021 around the Strait of Gibraltar area.

The mission consisted of a series of tasks including surveillance, maritime security and awareness of the maritime domain in waters of Spanish sovereignty and of national interest. The OPV also collaborated with other departments with responsibilities in maritime issues like shipping control, fisheries monitoring and search and rescue missions.

During her deployment, the ‘Centinela’ challenged and visited three Moroccan trawlers that were fishing in Spanish waters off the city of Ceuta. Once it was ascertained that they did not have the relevant permits and documents to work in those fishing grounds, they were asked to leave the zone, which they did.

The ‘Centinela’ conducted several maritime surveillance activities in areas of national sovereignty like Cádiz Bay, Strait of Gibraltar, coast of Málaga, isles of Chafarinas, Vélez de la Gomera and the north African cities of Ceuta and Melilla.

About the ‘Centinela’

The ‘Centinela’, with hull number P-72 is the second ‘Serviola’-class offshore patrol vessel normally stationed in Ferrol. The ship was built by NAVANTIA and delivered to the Spanish Navy in September 1991. The OPV’s CO is lieutenant commander Miguel Pereira and her complement includes 7 officers, 10 NCOs, and 29 sailors.

During this specific deployment the ship embarked a 7-strong Marine Corps VPD (vessel protection detachment) for self-protection and security.

    

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