One sometimes has a tendency to forget that many soldiers from many countries take part and support military operations all over the world which range from combat missions to diplomatic ones via peacekeeping, training and advising. So today we are putting the spotlight on Spain which currently has 2,116 military personnel deployed outside the Spanish peninsula.
Spanish forces are currently involved in 14 foreign operations — of which seven are European Union (EU) missions — and two permanent NATO naval missions (SNMG – Standing NATO maritime group). Of these 1,163 are Army personnel, 696 Navy, 205 Air Force, 40 joint and 12 from the Guardia Civil militarised police force.
The missions are detailed on the map.
Spain is relatively new to international military missions as the first dates back to 1989. But since then more than 150,000 Spanish military personnel have been deployed in some 50 missions on four continents.