Spanish Navy frigate ESPS Victoria, integrated into the counter-piracy operation Atalanta in the Indian Ocean, assisted a fishing boat off the coast of Somalia on November 29.
The ship was informed that the boat was running out of fuel and water.
The rough weather prevented the use of the warship’s RHIBs and the Commanding Officer decided to dispatch the SH-60 helicopter.
The boat was ordered to change course to facilitate the delivery of the requested help which subsequently enabled the fishing boat to continue sailing towards her homeport.
With a crew of 200 people, the ESPS Victoria will remain in the area of operations for five months. This is the third time she participates in this EU deployment in the Indian Ocean.
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