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Ministry of Defence

Ejército de Tierra

Base Gabriel de Castilla

Antarctic Campaing



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





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 el primer izado de Bandera en la Base Gabriel de Castilla

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Abierta la Base Antártica Española “Gabriel de Castilla”

Desde el 24 de enero, la Base Antártica Española (BAE) “Gabriel de Castilla” (GdC), gestionada por el Ejército de Tierra (ET), está abierta, tras cinco días de intenso trabajo. El buque oceanográfico (BO) Sarmiento de Gamboa llegó a Isla Decepción, donde se ubica la BAE GdC, hace una semana con nueve militares y seis científicos que la ocuparán durante un mes, aproximadamente.

Salida desde el Aeropuerto Adolfo Suárez (Barajas - Madrid)

Sunday, January 3, 2021

La XXXIV Campaña viaja rumbo a la Antártida

Nueve de los trece componentes de la XXXIV Campaña Antártica (CA) del Ejército de Tierra (ET) que, durante el verano austral, apoyarán a científicos e investigadores en la operación en activo más antigua de nuestras Fuerzas Armadas, viajan hacia Punta Arenas (Chile).