Next June, the Principality of Asturias will host the celebration of Armed Forces Day 2024, a meeting which seeks each year to bring the military closer to society and whose central institutional event will be chaired the Kings Philip and Letizia. Oviedo will be the scene of the first day of this event, which consists of a ground parade and an air parade. The previous days the aeronautical review will take place in Gijón. Asturias is one of the autonomous communities where the balance sheet of the Armed Forces is very positive and, in addition, its citizens are very proud that the heir to the Crown, Leonor, cadet lady of the Army, bears the name Princess of Asturias. reported the Ministry of Defense.
In recent years, the tradition of army festivals which take place in different parts of the country has been recovered. Last year it took place in Granada and Motril. This meeting dates back to 1978 when it was created to organize an institutional event that would serve as a tribute to the Armies and Navy, as well as the Military Emergency Unit (UME), to promote knowledge and its integration in the society. It is traditionally celebrated on the Saturday coinciding with May 30 or the nearest, the Feast of San Fernando. The Principality of Asturias is home to the Prince Infantry Regiment No. 3 of the Army, the second oldest in Europe (founded in 1534 as the Tercio de Lombardía).
It is located in the Cabo Noval de Siero barracks, headquarters of the Galicia VII Airborne Light Infantry Brigade, a reference unit that has participated in numerous peace missions abroad. The Navy has a Maritime Action Force, created in 2004, within the Naval Command of Gijón, composed of maritime surveillance ships, auxiliary units, scientific ships and the training ship. There The defense industry also has a significant presence in the Principality, with the Trubia arms factory, where the 8×8 Dragon and Castor wheeled combat vehicles are built.