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Spain considers relocating Canary Islands naval base

19 November 2017

Spain is to look at moving its naval base on the Canary Island of Gran Canaria, defence minister María Dolores de Cospedal announced on 15 November.

However, while she promised a commission to study possible new locations would be set up between the Ministry of Defence and local authorities by the end of November, “it is not an easy subject”, she warned.

De Cospedal told parliament that the current base in the centre of the Canary Islands regional capital of Las Palmas was “indispensable for the needs of national and EU defence”.

The last time a similar project had been mooted 10 years ago the cost had been estimated at around EUR400 million (USD470 million), but it would now be “much more”, she added.

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