The current base is located in the UK in Northwood, with Britain having ran Europe’s naval station for a number of years.

Now France have backed Spain to be the new home of Europe’s navy after March 29, 2019 – and Italian officials are furious.

The French and Spanish Defence Ministers agreed the stitch-up this week, declaring that ‘Operation Atalanta’ against piracy in the Indian Ocean needs a Spanish base.

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