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.
Empires of the Sea: The Final Battle for the Mediterranean, 1521-1580 In “Empires of the Sea”, Roger Crowley has written an enthralling and masterful overview of the battle for control of the Mediterranean sea between the Spanish Christian Empire and Ottoman Islamist Caliphate. Written in a flowing, narrative style, he brings the main actors to life as he charts the main battles and technological developments that changed naval warfare, and the west, for ever. The Continue reading Empires of the Sea: The Final Battle for the Mediterranean, 1521-1580