The Spanish Navy has safely received Four Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs) intended for search and rescue operations and personnel transfers at sea from Zodiac MilPro. The contract also includes acceptance testing, training for operators and maintainers. The RHIBs were provided six months ahead of schedule, as delivery was originally scheduled in September 2020. With the exception of training, which is on hold for now due to the current COVID19 outbreak, this concludes the first phase of a consolidated requirement to provide 24 RHIBs of various types for the Spanish Navy.
The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) is a customer-funded agency, operating on a “no profit – no loss” basis. The NSPA is the executive body of the NATO Support and Procurement Organisation (NSPO), of which all 29 NATO nations are members. Those nations are represented in the NSPO Agency Supervisory Board (ASB) which directs and controls the activities of the NSPA. Currently the Agency employs some 1,100 staff and is headquartered in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (Capellen), with operational centres in Luxembourg, France, Hungary and Italy.
The NSPA brings together in a single organisation NATO’s logistics and procurement support activities, providing integrated multinational support solutions for its stakeholders. On 1 April, 2015, the NATO North Atlantic Council approved changes to the NATO Support Organisation Charter with the stand-up of the NATO Support and Procurement Organization, the NATO Support and Procurement Agency acting as its executive body. These changes mark the expansion of the Agency’s capability scope and the inclusion of major, multi-national weapons system acquisition in our broad capability set.