The Flotilla de Aeronaves de la Armada (FLOAN, Spanish Naval Aviation) celebrated its 100th anniversary during September 15-16.
On the first day a ceremony, static exhibition and flypast took place at Rota Naval Air Station, with high-ranking military officials and the Spanish King Felipe VI present for the occasion. The second day saw a public airshow over Rota beach.
Rota is the main air base for the FLOAN and home to all seven of its squadrons.
These comprise 3 Escuadrilla with the AB212, 4 Escuadrilla with the Cessna 550 Citation II and Cessna 650 Citation III, 5 Escuadrilla with the SH-3W Sea King, 6 Escuadrilla with the Hughes 369M, 9 Escuadrilla with the EAV-8B+ and TAV-8B Matador II, and 10 Escuadrilla with the SH-60B LAMPS MkIII and – its most recent addition – the SH-60F Seahawk.
Escuadrilla 11 formed at Rota in 2014 to commence trials with a Boeing Insitu Scan Eagle UAV system. It was scheduled to relocate to Torregorda, Cadiz this year.