Combat Aircraft visits Base Naval de Rota (Naval Base Rota), Spain, and finds Spanish Naval Aviation (Flotilla de Aeronaves — FLOAN) celebrating its centenary.


An EAV-8B+ taxies out at Rota for a local training sortie, carrying a Litening targeting pod on the centerline station.

THE SPANISH NAVY (Armada Española) holds a coveted position when it comes to maritime aviation. It is one of only six nations ever to have flown the Harrier operationally — today it is among just three AV-8B Harrier II operators alongside the US and Italy.

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