STAFF REPORTER

THE Balearic armed services yesterday paid homage to their patron saint, Our Lady's Immaculate Conception, at the Jaume II barracks in Palma.
During the event, which was presided over by the Commander-in-Chief of the Balearics, Mariano Estaun, the Commander of the 47th Palma Light Infantry regiment, Francisco Lanza, a special mention was made of the 55 Balearic infantry troops which are currently on deployment in Afghanistan.

Estaun stressed the importance of the tasks the 55 soldiers are involved in apart from ensuring peace for the local population.
Spanish soldiers have been committed to Afghanistan as peace keepers and the Commander-in-chief paid special tribute to the high level of professionalism Spain's armed forces have in this role and the great success they have, and are, enjoying in hot spots around the world. “They are perfectly trained, equipped and deeply motivated to carry out these kinds of missions which are very hard and extremely demanding.” he said. “We must never forget that every drop of sweat shed in our daily training are the ones which make all the difference when we are on complicated operations.” he stressed.

Lanza also paid tribute to all those who have sacrificed their lives for Spain.
The event was attended by the Central Government Delegate to the Balearics, Ramon Socias, and other dignitaries.

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