The Chilean Navy will contribute a ship to the European Union’s Operation Atalanta anti-piracy task force in the Gulf of Aden region.
This emerged from a meeting last week between Spanish defence minister Pedro Morenes and his Chilean counterpart Jorge Burgos. The meeting was held in Santiago, Chile, and discussed various levels of military cooperation. The Spanish defence ministry said that Chile and Spain would also explore the possibility of Chilean soldiers joining Spanish peacekeeping missions.
Spain has been a big contributor to the EU Naval Force off Somalia, sending over a dozen warships as well as aircraft since 2008. In addition to Spain, naval assets from France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Greece, Cyprus, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Italy, UK, United States, Russia, Australia, Japan, Singapore, China, Malaysia and India, among others, have contributed vessels and aircraft in the area of operations.
Spain currently has the warships ESPS Infanta Cristina and ESPS Rayo patrolling in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden.