Drugs found in military vehicle

Two hundred kilos of hashish have been discovered inside a military vehicle leaving Africa to return to its base in Viator, Almeria. The lorry belonged to the Duque de Alba II brigade of the Legion which is based outside the capital city. It was part of a convoy of engineers returning after exercises in the Spanish African enclave city of Ceuta. Authorities were alerted after the driver of the lorry spotted some suspicious parcels on Continue reading Drugs found in military vehicle

Whopping great big military ops going on later this month here

NATO will be flexing its muscles with its largest war game for the last decade, part of which will happen in Almeria. Trident Junction 2015 will see 30.000 troops mobilised in war games across the EU, with several important operations taking place here in October. The province will see troops stationed at the military base in Viator and also see war ships in the Alboran sea. Last years operation “Noble Mariner 14” staged an “invasion” Continue reading Whopping great big military ops going on later this month here

We don’t need the Ministry of Defense says PSOE leader

Pedro Sánchez, leader of the opposition PSOE party, told El Mundo newspaper over the weekend that “we don’t need the Ministry of Defense” in response to a question about which national Ministry could be cut, and which needed more money. The declaration by the man who could be President next year has sent a shockwave through Spain’s military. You see, (one) of the troubles with Spain is that the politicians have been living in fear Continue reading We don’t need the Ministry of Defense says PSOE leader

USA wants to double size of military base in Seville

The US has officially asked Spain if it can double its military force at Morón military base in Seville. Currently they base 500 marines and associated staff there. The request was slipped into Rajoy’s ear when he visited Washington last week, and came back so punch-drunk he forgot to mention it. But a company called Vinnell-Brown & Root Spain (VBR) which maintains the base has asked the government not to permit the increase unless the Continue reading USA wants to double size of military base in Seville

NATO minesweeper ships in operations off Almería coast

NATO (or OTAN as the Spanish call it) has sent a fleet of 6 minesweepers from Germany, Belgium, Holland, Estonia, Norway & Britain to practice joint excercises off the coast of Almería from the 24th to the 27th of October. The ships will be moored in Almería harbour, and should be quite visible off the coasts. I’m assuming that no live mines will be used.