Queen Letizia of Spain presented the National Flag to the “Special Naval Warfare Force” Dock at the “Juan Sebastián Elcano” in Cartagena, Murcia.
Upon arrival, The Queen was received by the Defense Minister Margarita Robles Fernández, the Chief of Staff of the Navy, Antonio Martorell Lacave, and the Commander of the Special Naval Warfare Force, Domingo Manuel García Nieto.
After receiving Ordinance Honors, Her Majesty the Queen reviewed the troops, accompanied by the Chief of Staff of the Navy, the Chief of the Military Quarter, and the Chief of the Honors Unit.
Next, Doña Letizia took her place in the Royal Tribune, from where she witnessed the reading of the Ministerial Order granting the use of the Ensign Nacional in its modality of Flag to the Special Naval Warfare Force (FGNE) and the incorporation of the National Ensign to his position for sponsorship.
Then the Queen presented the Flag to the Commander of the Special Naval Warfare Force.
Addressing the force, Letizia said, “As always happens to me, today I feel that my institutional task is aligned and connected with the general feeling of our society. We Spaniards appreciate support, respect, and admire our Armed Forces. That is why being in Cartagena today, a city linked and committed to the Navy for so long, is a joy and a privilege that I am grateful for.”
Then a tribute was paid to the fallen heroes who gave their lives for the country during the war and peace-time efforts.
The Special Naval Warfare Force does not have a combat flag because it is a relatively new unit, created in 2009. The Special Naval Warfare Force (FGNE) is the current special forces unit of the Navy. It was formed on June 10, 2009, on the basis of the Special Unit of Combat Divers (UEBC) and the Special Operations Unit (UOE) of the Marine Infantry Brigade (BRIMAR) of the Third Army (TEAR).
Before leaving, The Queen met with the well-wishers gathered outside.
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