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Spanish Naval Aviation centenary

Photo: Oliver Jonischkeit


The Flotilla de Aeronaves de la Armada (FLOAN, Spanish Naval Aviation) celebrated its 100th anniversary during September 15-16.

On the first day a ceremony, static exhibition and flypast took place at Rota Naval Air Station, with high-ranking military officials and the Spanish King Felipe VI present for the occasion. The second day saw a public airshow over Rota beach.

Rota is the main air base for the FLOAN and home to all seven of its squadrons.

These comprise 3 Escuadrilla with the AB212, 4 Escuadrilla with the Cessna 550 Citation II and Cessna 650 Citation III, 5 Escuadrilla with the SH-3W Sea King, 6 Escuadrilla with the Hughes 369M, 9 Escuadrilla with the EAV-8B+ and TAV-8B Matador II, and 10 Escuadrilla with the SH-60B LAMPS MkIII and – its most recent addition – the SH-60F Seahawk.

Escuadrilla 11 formed at Rota in 2014 to commence trials with a Boeing Insitu Scan Eagle UAV system. It was scheduled to relocate to Torregorda, Cadiz this year.

A fully armed EAV-8B+ Matador II of 9 Escuadrilla. The 13 EAV-8B+ deliveries consisted of eight newly built aircraft from January 1996, plus five upgraded examples from existing EAV-8B airframes, from 2003. The most recent attrition loss occurred in April 2003. Oliver Jonischkeit


A formation flypast by the various rotary-wing LOAN assets based at Rota. Oliver Jonischkeit

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