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The navy ship "Meteoro" monitors the coast of Fuerteventura

The navy ship "Meteoro" monitors the coast of Fuerteventura.

Yesterday morning, the Maritime Action Vessel was off the coast of Morro Jable

Yesterday morning, tourists and bathers on the beach of Morro Jable were surprised when a military boat circulated a few meters from the coast in surveillance work.

According to the national newspaper The HuffPost, "in the midst of the crisis of the arrival of small boats to the Canary Islands, the Ministry of Defense has decided to send the ship 'Meteoro' to the archipelago." The aim is for it to carry out "surveillance and deterrence tasks" in this area to be able to detect any type of threat before it happens.

The 'Meteor' is a Maritime Action Vessel, which is usually in charge of surveillance operations. According to the Navy, this ship serves to carry out missions to protect national maritime interests, as well as to control these maritime spaces of sovereignty and national interest. It is therefore in addition to the rest of the activities carried out in the maritime field.

Likewise, it is also prepared to "carry out maritime Police missions in collaboration with the State Security Forces and Corps". And it can do missions to fight marine pollution.

Characteristics of the 'Meteor'

She is the fourth ship of this name and her predecessors served between 1889 and 1974. The 'Meteoro' is also the first of six Maritime Action Vessels built by Navantia between 2009 and 2012.

The boat has a length of 94 meters, a beam of 14.3 meters and a draft of 4.25 meters. It reaches a top speed of 22 knots and can carry up to 2,500 tons in weight. In addition, it has the capacity to board several aircraft.

Basin with a surface scan radar, a navigation radar, fire direction and electronic countermeasures. And it also has armaments: portable, 25 mm and Oto Melara 76/62 mm.

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