sábado, marzo 15, 2003

Orden de Batalla en la zona del Golfo.14 Marzo.

Transcribimos de la web de Global Security el orden de batalla aproximado de las fuerzas de la Coalicion Internacional .

This is a "best available" order-of-battle of forces deployed in CENTCOM's part of Southwest Asia, as well as EUCOM forces in Turkey participating in Operation Northern Watch. Even prior to September 11, 2001, the amount of publicly available information concerning aircraft types and specific units had diminished to the point that it was no longer possible to provide a high fidelity profile of current deployments. There are evidently significant gaps in unit identifications, as well as non-trivial uncertainties as to numbers of specific types of aircraft. The presence of significant numbers of civilian contractor personnel at various facilities in the region further complicates accounting for total personnel numbers.

Excluding forces deployed in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom, there are probably about 211,000 military personnel in the CENTCOM area of responsibility, including about 1,100 aircraft of all types. Based on the number of Brigade Sets that were prepositioned in the region it is believed that there are roughly 850 M1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks and 406 M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles. The number of troops deployed in the area fluctuates on a daily basis, and has averaged between 20,000 and 25,000 in recent years, with typically about 200 aircraft in the region. Forces in the region include a mix of special operations forces deployed in support of US Central Command operations. To enhance force protection throughout the region, additional military security personnel are also deployed.

Ground forces include a variety of units that are normally deployed in the region, which total about 3,700 troops. Forces in the region include a Patriot missile task force with two batteries deployed in Saudi Arabia and two in Kuwait. Virtually all of 3rd Infantry Division has been deployed to Kuwait, though it is possible that some battalions are still in the process of deploying. It is believed that the total Army presence in the region is nearly 64,000 soldiers. Army equopment figures are based on standard Tables of Organization and Equipment for the units deployed. The number of Army mechanized equipment actually on the ground (rather than on ship) is thought to be roughly 638 M1 Abrams and 406 M2 Bradleys. This figure is based on the available prepositioned Brigade sets that were in the region including equipment at Diego Garcia. It is not clear how much additional equipment has been shipped to the region from the United States though it there is enough kit for 2 mechanized divisions minus the equipment for the 4th Infantry Division. This means that the United States could have more tanks than people to man them. There are 144 AH-64 Apache helicopters in the region.

The US Air Force's Expeditionary Air and Space Force (EAF) concept and organization sets a guideline for Air Force deployments to operational locations. The EAF is comprised of 10 Aerospace Expeditionary Forces (AEF) each with lead combat and support wings including on-call wings that could be deployed if required. Deployments for active duty units lasts roughly 90-days while Reserve and Guard units deploy typically for 30 - 60 days. Generally one AEF is assigned to Operation Southern Watch and one is assigned to Northern Watch. AEF 7 and AEF 8 units deployed beginning in late November and will remain until the end of February 2003.

The EUCOM Area of Responsibility includes approximately 1,700 Air Force personnel at Incrilik AB Turkey, flying Operation Northern Watch patrols (Though there are roughly 4,000 people at Incirlik in general). Prior to Operation Enduring Freedom, approximately 6,200 Air Force personnel were normally stationed in the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility. As many as 23,000 Air Force personnel may be currently stationed in the CENTCOM and EUCOM areas responsible for operations against Iraq, operating a total of about 500 aircraft of all types. It should be noted that tracking personnel numbers for the Air Force is extremely difficult as the actual number of pilots is small compared to support elements. These numbers could be drastically incorrect.

Naval units
include a headquarters and shore-based units comprised of about 1,200 people at Manama in Bahrain. Nearly a thousand civilian mariners are associated with Military Sealift Command ships at Diego Garcia. During the 1990s overall Naval force personnel levels in the CENTCOM AOR typically varied between 8,000 and 15,000. Each Carrier Battle Group, with its associated Carrier Air Wing, has approximately 11,000 sailors embarked. Each Amphibious Group has about 1,700 sailors, 1,500 Marines, and 700 Marine aviators embarked. As of 25 February 2003 there were five carrier battle groups in the area, two amphibious task forces, and two amphibious groups, for a total of around 125,000 naval personnel. These units included about 504 helicopters and aircraft. A total of about 2,142 Vertical Launch System cells are available for Tomahawk cruise missiles, which is roughly three times the average number typically deployed in recent years. Based on estimates of prior deployments, perhaps as many as 1,000 Tomahawks are actually deployed. The cruise missile force can be augmented significantly within days.

Note: While this listing is dated, one should keep in mind that the page is often edited numerous times during a particular edition, sometimes daily. One should visit the page often to get the most up-to-date listing of the situation.

Recent Developments


The USNS Tililaau transited the Suez Canal on March 12, 2003 according to the Agence France Presse on the same day. It is unclear what kind of military equipment is onboard the ship. It is thought however that this ship is really the USNS Pililaau (T-AKR 304) as there is no other ship that fits that description.
Two cargo vessels, the Therberland and the Rosa Dhelmas loaded equipment belonging to the 173rd Airborne Brigade at Livorno, Italy on March 11. The equipment loaded consisted of HMMWVs and othe rlight equipment.
According to the Associated Press on March 11 the number of ships carrying the 101st Airborne Division's equipment is eight rather than the six previously reported. It is not clear if this report is accurate.
USNS Yano transited through the Suez on March 9 headed towards the Persian Gulf, according to Agence France Presse on March 9. AFP also claimed that two civilian ships chartered by the US Navy to carry military equipment also transited the Suez.
Despite reports from Debka.com claiming that armor and other equipment from the 4th Infantry Division has begun to be offloaded in Turkey and loaded on railcars and transported to the east, there is no evidence to support such a claim and are considered to be without foundation. Rather, subsequent intelligence from both US and Turkish media indicate that the elements being offloaded consist of logistics equipment that came from Germany rather than the United States (Belgian-flagged ships). While it is possible that this equipment belongs to the 1st Infantry Division or even the 1st Armored Division, none of the articles found indicate anything other than units who are making preperations for Task Force Ironhorse to arrive.


Stars & Stripes reported on March 14 that the deployment of the 1st Armored Division has been postponed indefinitely. Stars & Stripes indicated that the reasons for the delay were due to lack of transportation.
The 51st Maintenance Battalion is currently in Turkey making preperations for the arrival of the 1st and 4th Infantry Divisions according to Stars & Stripes.
The 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment is currently in Turkey according to Stars & Stripes on March 14. Also in Turkey is an element of the 701st Main Support Battalion and the 121st Signal Battalion. All of these units are part of the 1st Infantry Division.
The 2-43rd Air Defense Artillery is in Kuwait according to the Associated Press on March 14.
A V Corps press release indicates that elements of the 440th Signal Battalion are present in Kuwait. The unit in question is the 578th Signal Company. It is not clear if other elements of the 440th are in the region.
Additional evidence that US soldiers are present in Mardin, Turkey was described by the Baltimore Sun on March 13. The article indicates that hundreds of trucks loaded with equipment are at a factory warehouse. There is still no evidence of any tanks or other combat vehicles are present.
The 68th Corps Support Battalion is present in Kuwait according to Knight Ridder on March 13, 2003.
The 32nd Signal Battalion is currently in Kuwait according to Knight Ridder on March 13, 2003.
Roughly 500 soldiers have departed from Fort Drum for Kuwait in recent weeks according to USA Today on March 13, 2003. These soldiers are believed to be in addition to the 4-31st Regiment which is still in the process of deploying.
According to the Associated Press on March 7, roughly 300 hundred soldiers from the 1-179th Infantry Regiment are currently in Kuwait. (One arrives at the number of three hundred based on the number of boxes of cookies sent to the region. It is possible that the number is smaller, say by half). An alert visitor of the site has brought to our attention that the 1-179th Infantry is not listed on the DoD release that details which National Guard and Reserve units that are on active duty, but that rather the 1-180th Infantry is on the list and is currently serving in the Sinai. While it is true that the 1-179th is not on the list various articles do indicate that it specifically is in Kuwait. Further research is being conducted. It should be kept in mind however that is not unlikely that there are more units activated then what are listed on the DoDs document.
The 28th Combat Support Hospital departed North Carolina for Southwest Asia on March 11.
The 181st Transportation Battalion recently departed Germany for Kuwait.
The Wall Street Journal reported on March 11 that Army soldiers have been identified as setting up logistics bases in eastern Turkey. Mardin was specifically cited as a key location.
The Miami Herald reported on March 11 that hundreds of soldiers from the Florida National Guard are currently in Jordan providing force protection for Patriot batteries. While it is not clear which unit is located in Jordan, three infantry battalions from Florida have been activated and deployed.
Elements of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment began leaving for Kuwait on March 9 according to the Independent.
The 30th Enhance Separate Brigade has been put on alert for a possible deployment according to a local Raleigh, NC news story.


On March 14, 2003 two destroyers and three submarines transited the Suez Canal on March 14 according to Agence France Presse. The USS Arleigh Burke, Deyo, Boise, Toledo, and San Juan all transited the Suez.
The USS Firebolt and the rest of the patrol boats that deployed to the Persian Gulf are currently in Kuwait.
The USS Nimitz and her Battle Group arrived at Pearl Harbor on March 11 and is due to remain in port until March 14 or 15. This would significantly delay the date for which she would arrive in the Persian Gulf region.
Nearly 300 more sailors will be departing Portsmouth for the Persian Gulf, according to the Virginian-Pilot on March 12. The bulk of the sailors are medical personnel from Portsmouth Naval Medical Center though 25 are Seabees from Construction Battalion Units 414 and 415 (which are not NMCBs as the Pilot article implies)
Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15 departed for the Middle East on March 8 according to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times on March 9. 200 total sailors deployed on March 8 with an additional 200 to deploy at a later date.
Stars & Stripes reports on March 5 that six attack submarines are present in the NAVEUR operating area.

Marine Corps

The 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment has been ordered to deploy to Southwest Asia according to the New York Daily News on March 13.
According to the Dallas Morning News the 2nd Tank Battalion is in Kuwait at Camp Grizzly.
Additional elements of the 4th Force Service Support Group are in Kuwait according to the Allentown Morning Call on March 10, 2003.
Marines from the 1st Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment have been ordered to deploy to Southwest Asia according to the Associated Press on March 11, 2003.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle on March 8 the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines are currently in Kuwait.
According to Newsday on March 7 the 6th Communications Battalion is also present with I Marine Expeditionary Force.

Air Force

Support personnel from the 509th Bomb Wing have begun to depart Whiteman Air Force Base according tot he Kansas City Star on March 11 and Fox News on March 12. The KC Star indicates that some 200 airmen have departed for "parts unknown."
The 336th Fighter Squadron has been confirmed to have deployed according to Knight Ridder on March 12. While the article did not disclose its location, there is a strong probability that the unit is at Al Udeid as there has been prior evidence that aircraft from the 4th Operations Group were located at that facility.
There are 200 airmen from the 103rd Fighter Wing currently deployed according to the Associated Press on March 12.
The 401st Air Expeditionary Wing is believed to be operating from Souda Bay, Crete.
The 409th Air Expeditionary Group is operating in Bourgas Bulgaria at a location named Sarafovo.
An unidentified unit, likely the 410th AEW is operating from Constanta, Romania.
The 457th Air Expeditionary Group is the US command element at RAF Fairford. 400 additional airmen have been deployed to the air base.
The Myrtle Beach Sun-News reported on March 11 that the element of the 169th Fighter Wing which is currently deployed (the 157th Fighter Squadron) has 15 F-16s deployed.
10 F-15s from the 33rd Fighter Wing arrived in the region on or about the 8th of March.
Roughly 100 airmen from the 103rd Fighter Wing are currently deployed to Southwest Asia according to the Associated Press on March 10.
The 139th Airlift Wing deployed for Southwest Asia on March 9.
An unknown number of aircraft and pilots from the 127th Wing returned to the United States in late January according to the Times Herald on February 26.
Roughly 500 airmen from the 58th Fighter Squadron are currently in Southwest Asia. They departed in late February according to the Associated Press on February 27.
300 airmen from the 23rd Fighter Group departed on March 4 according to Fayetteville Observer on March 5, 2003. The 75th Fighter Squadron is thought to have been deployed.
The 401st Air Expeditionary Wing is located at a base in the Mediterranean region, most likely in Romania or Bulgaria. Elements of the 319th Air Refueling Wing are operating at the location.
According to an Air Force photo caption, aircraft from the 113th Fighter Squadron are currently based in Incirlik, Turkey.
50 airmen on two aircraft departed for Southwest Asia on March 5 according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on March 6, 2003. The airmen belong to the 314th Airlift Wing.

Coast Guard

All of the 110' Island Class patrol boats are believed to be in the Persian Gulf according to Coast Guard photographs.

La Guardia Civil aborda el 'Rainbow Warrior'
Una docena de agentes toma el buque insignia de Greenpeace con el fin de ejecutar una orden judicial de alejamiento frente al bloqueo de la Base de Rota
Diario de Cadiz 15/03/03

CÁDIZ. "Estamos bien, pero inquietos porque no sabemos si asaltarán el puente de mando para hacerse con el barco o cortarán las cadenas de las anclas para remolcarnos y quitarnos de enmedio como ya hicieron en Southampton". Anoche, al cierre de esta edición, una docena de agentes de la Guardia Civil del Mar, armados con fusiles de asalto y pertrechados con chalecos antibalas, mantenían sitiado el puente de mando del 'Rainbow Warrior' donde permanecían encerrados una veintena de activistas de Greenpeace, informó a DIARIO DE CÁDIZ desde el propio barco Carlos Bravo, responsable de Desarme de la organización.

Los miembros de la Benemérita abordaron el barco de la organización en torno a las 18.45, tres cuartos de hora escasos después de que agentes de la Policía Judicial entregasen al capitán del barco, Daniel Rizzotti, una orden de alejamiento del buque de la zona militar de acceso restringido dictada por el titular del Juzgado número uno de Rota. Este tribunal es el mismo que instruye el caso de la detención de dos activistas de Greenpeace en la más que agitada mañana de ayer.

La ingeniero agrónomo española Maite Ambrós Mendioroz y el veterano activista estadounidense de Greenpeace Lawrence Turk eran arrestados cuando intentaban colocar una pancarta contra la guerra en las boyas que flanquean la barrera instalada por las autoridades militares en la bocana del puerto de la Base de Rota con el fin de que no penetrasen las zodiacs de Greenpeace. Fue después de un desmesurado despliegue de medios policiales y militares de la Guardia Civil, la Armada Española y la US Navy que procuró más de un sobresalto y situaciones extremadamente peligrosas a los activistas.
"Fue algo desproporcionado, como en una película de acción de las de Hollywood", relató a este diario Maite Ambrós tras su primera detención en dos años de activismo ecologista. Lawrence Turk hace tiempo que perdió la cuenta de los arrestos. "No estuve apenas cinco minutos agarrada a la boya cuando se acercó una patrullera americana que me entregó a la Guardia Civil". Luego fueron trasladados al cuartel de la Guardia Civil de Rota. Allí prestaron declaración asistidos por el abogado Juan Domingo Valderrama. "Les acusan de un presunto delito de desobediencia grave", informó el letrado a este periódico. El Código Penal español prevé en estos casos una pena de tres años de prisión. En torno a la una y cuarto de la tarde quedaban en libertad con cargos y citados el lunes ante el juez. Con toda seguridad, ambos reproducirán la misma declaración pacifista que ya hicieron ante los agentes de la Benemérita.

El episodio anterior cerraba una mañana en la que el buque y varias lanchas ecologistas impidieron partida del 'Cape Horn', un mercante militar que transportaba helicópteros de combate, tanques, misiles y diverso armamento, según relató Emilio Rull, responsable de Energía de la organización a bordo del barco. Durante todo el día de ayer, el 'Rainbow Warrior' permaneció al filo de la zona de exclusividad marítima del recinto militar. Así lo pudieron comprobar periodistas de este diario desde una embarcación patroneada por Manuel Rodríguez Otero, la 'Janima', que se acercó a la bocana de la Base todo lo que le permitieron una patrullera de la Armada y una lancha de la Guardia Civil.

Nada hizo presagiar entonces lo que sucedería al atardecer. "El juez ha dictado una orden de alejamiento del barco", adelantó el abogado Eduardo García de Espinosa poco antes de volar desde Bilbao a Jerez. A partir de las seis, todo ocurrió muy rápido. "No hacía ni cuarenta y cinco minutos que se había marchado la Policía Judicial. Estábamos consultando con nuestros asesores legales la posibilidad de presentar un recurso contra la orden de alejamiento, cuando varias lanchas de la Guardia Civil nos abordaron", contó Carlos Bravo desde el 'Rainbow Warrior'. Doce agentes fuertemente armados subieron a la cubierta del buque y tomaron posiciones. "Nos dijeron que venían a ejecutar la orden de alejamiento y que, en caso contrario, arrestarían al capitán del barco". Un remolcador de la Armada hizo comprender a los ecologistas que retirarían el barco de la bocana del puerto, por las buenas o por las malas.

No dispuestos a ceder, los activistas se encerraron en el interior del puente de mando, que quedó custodiado, a proa, a popa, a babor y estribor por agentes con subfusiles y chalecos antibalas. "Tensión e incertidumbre. Eso es lo que estamos viviendo ahora", explicó Carlos Bravo pasadas las diez de la noche. "Les hemos hecho saber que, a pesar de que estemos en aguas españolas, se encuentran bajo suelo de soberanía holandesa, que es la bandera bajo la que navega el 'Rainbow Warrior'. Estamos ante una actuación policial ilegal", dijo el portavoz ecologista.

Al filo de las doce de la noche, la situación seguía siendo de calma tensa en el buque: los ecologistas dentro del puente de mando, los guardias fuera y el mercante 'Cape Horn', atracado en el puerto de la Base sin poder zarpar, aseguró a este diario otro de los miembros de la tripulación. "Aún no sabemos qué órdenes tienen ni cómo pueden reaccionar, pero mi experiencia me dice que todo esto resulta bastante extraño", confesó. "¿El Príncipe de Asturias?", preguntó este periódico. "Quizás", respondió el ecologista. El buque insignia de la Armada Española tiene previsto zarpar entre hoy y mañana de Algeciras rumbo a Rota. En la bocana se toparía con el buque insignia de Greenpeace.

Despedida del dragaminas Sil
La Armada española da hoy de baja al dragaminas 'Sil', la novena baja desde 1998


La Armada española dio hoy de baja al dragaminas 'Sil', después de casi medio siglo de servicio ininterrumpido, en una ceremonia presidida por el Vicealmirante Jefe del Arsenal de Cartagena, Mario Rafael Sánchez-Barriga Fernández. Con esta baja, ya son nueve las naves retiradas por la Armada desde 1998, según informaron fuentes de la Armada.

Así, con este acto el 'Sil' se une a los cazaminas 'Guadalete', 'Guadiana', 'Guadalquivir' y 'Gualmedina', así como también a los dragaminas 'Duero', 'Miño', 'Tajo' y 'Júcar', todos ellos retirados de la lista oficial de buques de la Armada entre 1998 y 2002. Además, se esperan más bajas de forma progresiva con el resto de los dragaminas.

Precisamente, la segunda escuadrilla de Dragaminas Costeros, entre los que se incluye el 'Sil', fueron botados en los Estados Unidos entre los años 1954 y 1959, y pertenecen a la clase casco y quilla de madera, denominada 'Adjuntant Redwing'.

Asimismo, tienen una dotación de 43 tripulantes y su desplazamiento es de 390 toneladas métricas. Además, disponen de radar de superficie y sonar.

La Asturias y el Marsopa participaran en las Spontex' 03

La fragata española 'Asturias' y el submarino 'Marsopa' intervendrán en el ejercicio naval francés 'Spontex-03, que se desarrollará en aguas próximas a la península de Bretaña desde el próximo lunes y hasta el 28 de marzo, informó el Ministerio de Defensa. Este ejercicio periódico de adiestramiento antisubmarino está organizado por el Mando de la Flota del Atlántico gala, que invita a participar a los buques de las flotas aliadas.

El submarino 'Marsopa', al finalizar su participación en el ejercicio de adiestramiento de la Flota española 'Gruflex-03' que tiene lugar en el Estrecho, se dirigirá al puerto de Brest, donde atracará mañana sábado.

La fragata 'Asturias', procedente de su base de Ferol, llegará al mismo puerto el lunes, día en que tendrá lugar la conferencia de coordinación previa al inicio del ejercicio. Cuando concluya, los dos buques españoles recalarán de nuevo en Brest para participar en la conferencia posterior al ejercicio, partiendo hacia Ferrol el día 31.

viernes, marzo 14, 2003

Greenpeace bloquea la entrada de un carguero militar en la Base de Rota

Miembros de la organización ecologista Greenpeace se encuentran bloqueando en estos momentos la bocana de salida de la Base Naval de Rota, impidiendo la entrada al puerto militar roteño de un carguero militar denominado 'Cape Horn'.

Según informaron a Europa Press fuentes de esta organización, han sido detenidos dos activistas y se ha retenido una zodiac, por el momento. Los miembros de Greenpeace se encuentran rodeados por tres patrulleras, tres zodiacs y un helicóptero.

Los ecologistas partieron el miércoles del puerto de Cádiz en el buque insignia 'Rainbow Warrior' con destino a la Base Naval de Rota, frente a la cual anclaron la embarcación con la intención de analizar el movimiento militar que existe en la zona, donde estaban siendo «bastante vigilados».

El Golfo puede esperar, por ahora
Diario de Cadiz 14/03/03
El portaaviones 'Príncipe de Asturias' pondrá rumbo a Rota desde Algeciras, lo que hace descartar una inmediata intervención del navío en la crisis de Iraq

Carmen Gonzalez.
El portaaviones 'Príncipe de Asturias' llegó en la mañana de ayer al puerto de la Bahía de Algeciras en una escala técnica después de haber participado en aguas del Estrecho de Gibraltar en los ejercicios denominados "Gruflex". El buque insignia de la Armada española tiene previsto permanecer en el muelle del dique de abrigo hasta el próximo sábado, según aseguraron a este diario fuentes del Cuartel General de la Flota en Rota, si bien otras señalaron que la partida se podría postergar hasta el lunes o el martes próximos.
El 'Príncipe de Asturias' llegó a la Bahía algecireña poco antes de las once de la mañana, siendo ayudado en la maniobra del atraque por dos remolcadores. Cerca de éste también quedó atracada la fragata 'Reina Sofía', que escoltaba en su navegación al portaviones y que llegó a primera hora de la mañana.

Con motivo de la visita del 'Príncipe de Asturias', que hace escala por primera vez en este puerto, se están desarrollando jornadas de puertas abiertas. Así, desde las tres y media y hasta las seis de la tarde de ayer fueron numerosas las personas que pudieron visitar algunas partes del buque, en concreto el hangar y la cubierta de despegue. También hoy, el público podrá acercarse, no sólo al 'Príncipe de Asturias', sino también a la 'Reina Sofía' en horario de once de la mañana a una de la tarde y de tres y media a seis de la tarde.

Las mismas fuentes indicaron que el portaaviones, comandado por el capitán de navío Palomino Ulla, tiene previsto abandonar Algeciras mañana sábado con destino a su puerto base de Rota.

La llegada del buque a Algeciras fue anunciada el miércoles en el Senado por el ministro de Defensa, Federico Trillo, con el objetivo de desmentir los rumores que sobre el destino del buque insignia de la Armada española se habían extendido.

Trillo explicó en la Cámara Alta que el Gobierno no había tomado ninguna decisión respecto al envío o no de la nave al Golfo Pérsico. El ministro añadió en su comparecencia ante los senadores que el portaaviones se encontraba el miércoles en aguas españolas en el Mediterráneo en las maniobras antes mencionadas, unas maniobras que según la Armada terminaron ayer mismo.

El buque llegó con cerca de 500 tripulantes a bordo, que fueron recibidos por algunos familiares. Sin embargo, puede llegar a transportar a más de 700 cuando a aquellos se les une la flotilla aérea, las unidades de operaciones especiales de Infantería así como el equipo médico reforzado .

En esta escala en Algeciras, el R- 11 transporta dos aviones tipo Harrier de la Armada italiana que han participado en las maniobras "Gruflex" y que han aprovechado esta circunstancia para adiestramiento de sus pilotos dado que el portaviones italiano 'Giuseppe Garibaldi' se encuentra inactivo desde hace tiempo.

El Ayuntamiento de Algeciras ha aportado un autobús de línea regular que enlaza la zona de acceso central al puerto con el dique de abrigo donde se encuentra el portaaviones al objeto de facilitar el desplazamiento a los tripulantes. Este autobús también puede ser utilizado, en caso de que no esté ocupado por los miembros de la tripulación, por los visitantes.

Mientras tanto, no cesa el trasiego de buques en la Base Aeronaval de Rota, como el portugués 'Vasco de Gama', que entró ayer en aguas de la Bahía de Cádiz.

La Numancia no zarpara hacia el golfo

Segun fuentes a las que ha tenido acceso este weblog en la primera fase del desliegue naval español en el Golfo no participara nuestra Numancia.Las carestias de personal y la mision casi testimonial que tendra la presencia naval reduciran el despliegue al minimo posible.La Numancia entrara dentro del segundo relevo de unidades.

Recordamos que durante el pasado año ya estuvo desplegada en lazona del Indico por tres meses.De momento continuara con su labor de vigilancia y apoyo a la operacion de transito de buques por la zona del Estrecho.