The Spanish military tried to impress European and NATO officials with a series of exercises at sea near Cadiz on Monday, as competition steps up to take over the UK's defence responsibilities post-Brexit. Defence Minister Maria Dolores de Cospedal watched from the Juan Carlos I aircraft carrier as Harrier jets took-off and special forces retook a 'pirate' vessel at sea. Spain has made a... Еще joint bid with its neighbour France to make Rota naval base the command-and-control centre for EU defence missions, taking the place of the U.K.'s military headquarters at Northwood. Italy is also trying to secure the backing of the EU-bloc. A final decision will be made by next month, according to European officials.