On April 3 2018, EU NAVFOR Spanish Warship Patiño played host to members of the Tanzanian Navy during a port visit to Dar Es Salaam.
During the visit, the Tanzanian forces had the chance to train with the Spanish crew, who demonstrated advanced techniques in Navigation and Damage control procedures. Working together with international partners to improve maritime capabilities is essential to the continued success of Operation Atalanta, which combats piracy, off the coast of Somalia.
In the navigational exercises, the Tanzanian forces enhanced their understanding of how a Spanish ship like Patiño navigates on the high seas, coastal areas and its use of RADAR and global positioning systems. They were also introduced to navigational chart work to plot courses and record course and direction.
After this, the Tanzanian forces improved their basic skills in damage control exercises. This included firefighting, the use of emergency air supply escape sets and heat detection techniques on faulty electrical equipment. These skills support the development of maritime capabilities in the region, vital to ensure maritime security.