Spain to lend naval logistics ship for Katrina relief

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12 September 2005, BRUSSELS — Spain will lend the logistic support ship Castilla for use in NATO's humanitarian aid operation for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

12 September 2005

BRUSSELS — Spain will lend the logistic support ship Castilla for use in NATO's humanitarian aid operation for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

NATO said it had requested a transport vessel over the weekend, and that Spanish authorities had given the go-ahead for the Castilla to be used in the humanitarian mission.

The Castilla, assigned to the North Atlantic alliance's rapid response force, is currently anchored at the Spanish base of Rota.

It is a multi-use vessel designed for the transport and disembarkation of troops and armored vehicles, and can also be used for logistical support and to help evacuate disaster zones.

According to the officials, the Castilla will embark on its mission as soon as a decision is made on whether the supplies to be delivered to the United States are loaded in Rota or another European port.

The decision to launch the NATO naval and airborne disaster relief operation was agreed upon on Friday at an extraordinary meeting of the Atlantic Council, the organization's governing body.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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