The announcement was made yesterday by the Commander-in-Chief of the Balearics, Adolfo Orozco during the traditional Pascual Militar (Military Easter) address to the regiment at Almudaina Palace.
King Carlos III established the ceremony during the reconquest of Minorca from the British, by a Franco-Spanish fleet of 52 ships in 1782 .
In representation of King Juan Carlos, who presided over the ceremony in Madrid, Orozco explained that the troops from Palma will form part of a Eurocorp in Operation Kabul.
The Commander-in-Chief highlighted the fact that Afghanistan is the theatre where Spanish armed forces are currently most active in the world and praised those who have and are serving out there for the great advances they have made.
One of the principal tasks will be the continual training of the Afghan army but also maintaining security in the province of Bagdis where the Spanish armed forces have a heavy presence.
The ceremony was attended by a host of local politicians, military and civil dignitaries.