Her Majesty Queen Letizia recognised the “serene and audacious” commitment of the Special Naval Warfare Force during a ceremony in Cartagena in which she presented them with the unit flag.
In a brief speech, Doña Letizia acknowledged that the presentation of the flag to the Special Naval Warfare Force “means highlighting the commitment that you speak of in your motto”, she said. “A serene and audacious commitment which, without any doubt, means that the men and women who make up this operational unit sign that commitment”, she continued.
His Majesty said he was “aware” of the conditions in which the Special Naval Warfare Force works, “that is why we are always indebted to you,” he said, referring to the 187 troops “ready at all times to carry out complex and delicate missions that contribute to the maintenance of peace”.
He also remembered those who “have not been able to accompany us today” and hopes that “they will return home very soon”.
Likewise, the Minister of Defence, Margarita Robles, acknowledged the efforts made by the Armed Forces. Robles recalled that they contribute to the “national defence” and addressed a few words to both their members and their families for the “unconditional support” they give them, expressing her “sincere recognition for being an example of values”.
The Naval Special Warfare Force (FGNE) is the Navy’s current special forces unit. It was formed on 10 June 2009 on the basis of the Special Combat Diver Unit (UEBC) and the Special Operations Unit (UOE) of the Marine Infantry Brigade (BRIMAR) of the Tercio de la Armada (TEAR).
The motto of the Special Naval Warfare Force is ‘Serenitas et Audacia’ (serenity in the face of danger). Among the missions carried out, its participation during the hijacking of the Alakrana in 2009 stands out; as well as the rescue of the French citizen Evelyne Colombo in the Indian Ocean in 2011.
As a Marine Infantry Unit, it is trained and prepared to carry out operations on land, either independently or with other special operations units. It is also capable of operating in small groups, at a great distance from its base and with very limited or no support from its own forces.