NATO holds its annual ‘Sea Day’ in Spain

  • 13 Jul. 2009
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  • Last updated: 16 Jul. 2009 15:06

NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, all the Permanent Representatives of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) as well as the Chairman and members of the Military Committee (MC) were hosted by Admiral James Stavridis, Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), and the Spanish Admiral of the Fleet, Admiral Munoz-Delgado at the bi-annual NAC-MC Sea Day held in the Spanish port city of Rota.

NATO dignitaries and guests on board USS Eisenhower (right) watched as SNMG1 frigates conducted a sailpast. The frigat in the foreground  is the HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën (Netherlands), followed by FGS Emden (Germany),  USS Halyburton (United States of America), ESPS Blas de Lezo (Spain). Photographs are made from the flagship PRS Corte Real (Portugal).

NATO’s Standing Maritime Group One (SNMG1) vessels were in port to provide the platforms from which the participants observed naval manoeuvres. In addition,counter-piracy briefings and demonstrations were given. At sea, the American aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower delivered an impressive air power demonstration.