Spanish military aid to Turkey due to Monday's earthquakes has been extended in the last few hours with the dispatch of two naval units to that country.
On Tuesday, the Spanish Ministry of Defense announced that the aircraft carrier "Juan Carlos I" L-61, with 500 marines on board, and the amphibious assault ship "Galicia" L-51, had been sailing since Monday bound for Turkey, "to the area affected by the earthquake, in order to help in the rescue and rescue tasks". Both ships are part of the Dédalo 23 Aeronaval Amphibious Group deployed in January in the Mediterranean Sea for some exercises.
These Spanish Navy resources join the soldiers of the Military Emergency Unit (UME) and civilian firefighters from Madrid sent on Monday, as well as the soldiers of the Spanish Army deployed in the Incirlik Air Base, in the affected area, in Operation Support for Turkey, an operation that began in 2014 with which Spain deployed a battery of Patriot anti-aircraft missiles in that country against the threat of ISIS. You can see below some images of this deployment in aid of Turkey published by the Defense General Staff, the Spanish Navy and the Military Emergency Unit.
The amphibious assault ship "Galicia" L-51, one of the ships sent by the Spanish Navy to Turkey.
Marines on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier "Juan Carlos I" L-61. These soldiers were already on board the ship on the occasion of the formation of the Dédalo 23 Aeronaval Amphibious Group.
A Spanish Marine Infantry ambulance. It will be one of the vehicles used in this aid operation.
Personnel of the Spanish Marine Infantry checking the combat rations that they will bring ashore, in order to help the areas affected by the earthquake.
Marine soldiers stacking mineral water bottles for the relief operation in Turkey.
The Dédalo 23 Air-Naval Amphibious Group fleet, deployed by Spain in January in the Mediterranean and is now coming to support Turkey. In the image we see in the center the aircraft carrier "Juan Carlos I" L-61, the amphibious assault ships (BAA) "Galicia" L-51 and "Castilla" L-52, the frigate "Blas de Lezo" F-103 (left), the frigate "Victoria" F-82 (right) and the combat supply ship (BAC) "Cantabria" A-15 (in the center, behind the L-61).
A Spanish Navy sailor, looking at the Turkish coast in the distance.
A video of the landing of vehicles by LCM-1E landing craft from the flooding dock of the L-61 aircraft carrier.
A Spanish Navy SH-60 Seahawk helicopter at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.
Personnel of the Spanish Navy coordinating with the other aid teams after their arrival in Turkey.
Vehicles of the Military Emergency Unit in Islahiye, Turkey, in the area affected by the earthquakes.
A member of the Military Emergency Unit with a rescue dog, searching through the rubble of a collapsed building in Islahiye.
Soldiers of the Spanish Army , deployed in Operation Support for Turkey, transporting materials to help those affected by the earthquakes at the Incirlik Air Base.
Personnel of the Spanish Navy upon their arrival at the Incirlik Air Base, in Turkey. The base is in the affected area, but it has not suffered the effects of the earthquake in the same way as many civilian buildings.
Soldiers of the Spanish Army together with Turkish soldiers, collecting aid material for the victims.
Good mission to all the Spanish military and civilians and those of other nations deployed to help Turkey. God bless you.
Photos: Estado Mayor de la Defensa / Armada Española / Unidad Militar de Emergencias.
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