From last day 3 until today, the frigate “Reina Sofía” has participated in the exercises MAES-18 with the frigate of the Moroccan Royal Navy “Hassan II”. The exercises have been divided into three phases: one in the port of Cádiz, another in the sea between May 6 and 9, and a final phase in the port of Casablanca.
On board the “Queen Sofia”, in addition to his crew, the Commander of the 41st Squadron of Escorts with his Master Plan, an Operational Security Team of the Marine Infantry from the second landing battalion of the Tercio de Armada and an Air Unit Embarked of the 3rd Squad belonging to the Aircraft Fleet (FLOAN).
In the first phase in the port of Cádiz, in addition to coordination meetings for the exercises, several activities were offered to the “Hassan II” staff at the Naval Base of Rota, among which it is worth mentioning an instruction in the Center of Internal Security Training, and visits to the 3rd Airship Squadron and helicopter simulator. The stay in port was used to carry out exchanges between the officers ‘and non-commissioned officers’ chambers of both ships, which were carried out in a cordial and relaxed atmosphere.
Of the exercises carried out at sea, it is worth highlighting those of assistance to other ships due to emergency at sea, rescue of castaways (SOLAS) and maritime interdiction operations (MIO).
MAES is an annual Moroccan-Spanish bilateral exercise whose main objective is to strengthen the ties between the navies of both countries.