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Ejército de Tierra

Base Gabriel de Castilla

Antarctic Campaing

XXXII CA

Destacado

Main activities

Base ''Gabriel de Castilla''
  • Maintaining a Spanish presence in Antarctica.
  • Providing logistic support to scientific research.
  • Carrying out projects of interest to the Army.

 

Management of the Campaign

Management of the Campaign

  • The Antarctic campaign is coordinated by the Spanish Polar Committee.
  • The Spanish base in Antarctica, “Gabriel de Castilla”, is managed by the Operations Division of the Army Staff.
  • Scientific research is coordinated by the Polar Research Programme of the Ministry of Science, Innvovation and Universities

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Introduction

Welcome to the base “Gabriel de Castilla”.

Welcome to the official website of the base “Gabriel de Castilla”, created to publicise the activities of Spanish scientists and soldiers in such a faraway place as Antarctica.

The Antarctic Campaign takes place every year at the Antarctic base of the Spanish Army, known as “Gabriel de Castilla” and located at Deception Island in the South Shetland Islands archipelago, as well as at any other site in Antarctic territory which might be designated. In this Campaign the Spanish Army is assisting the Ministry of Science, Innocation and Universities (MINCIU) and the Spanish Polar Committee with their research in Antarctica.

The Army has been involved in this activity since 1988 and much has been learnt over the years, such as the need to distribute tasks between the Army Staff and the Operational Logistic Force. In effect, logistic support is a crucial part of the collaboration both with the Ministry of Science, Innocation and Universities (MINCIU) and with the Spanish Polar Committee.

The aim of our mission in Antarctica is to provide logistic support to scientific research at the base “Gabriel de Castilla” and to carry out research projects of interest to the Army in the fields of transmissions, the environment, health, bromatology, clothing and camping equipment.

The 2002 Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation went to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, which has committees in 44 countries and 9 international organizations. The award was an acknowledgment of the scientific research being carried out in Antarctica, the last remaining virgin continent, free of political and economic tensions and devoted to science.

The base “Gabriel de Castilla” on Deception Island represents Spain in that distant continent and showcases the capabilities of our Armed Forces, which are able to perform missions over long distances in extreme weather conditions and to cooperate with other sectors of society, notably scientific researchers and universities throughout Spain.

Latest news of the unit

Durante la carga de los contenedores

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Carga y cierre de contenedores de la XXXIII Edición de la Campaña Antártica

Entre los días 21 y 24 de octubre, en el Depósito de Material Antártico (DMA), ubicado en las instalaciones zaragozanas de la Agrupación de Apoyo Logístico N.º 41 (AALOG 41), parte de la dotación de la XXXIII Edición de la Campaña Antártica (CA) del Ejército de Tierra (ET), ha procedido a la carga y cierre de los contenedores que serán enviados a la Base Antártica Española (BAE) “Gabriel de Castilla” (GdC) en próximas fechas.

Prácticas con embarcaciones fuera borda

Monday, September 23, 2019

Por quinto año consecutivo, la experiencia se repite en tierras gallegas

Del 9 al 13 de septiembre, la dotación de la Base Antártica Española ha realizado unas prácticas de navegación con embarcaciones fuera borda.