September 17, 2018 (Google Translation) – Today, September 14th, the effective incorporation of the “Turia” cazaminas has been carried out in the Permanent Grouping of Measures Against Mines nº2 (SNMCMG 2) by NATO in the Mediterranean. The ship will be three months within the operational structure of the Atlantic Alliance.
The cazaminas M-34 “Turia” of the Spanish Navy departed last 10 of its base in Cartagena towards Toulon in France, to effect the integration. The farewell ceremony was presided over by the commander of the Mine Action Force, Captain Rafael Arcos Palacios, an act attended by relatives and companions of the crew.
The SNMCMG-2 is one of the 4 maritime components of the NATO immediate response Force. These groups allow NATO to have a permanent maritime capacity to act in the face of a possible crisis or conflict, or to carry out other activities such as presence in waters of interest to the Alliance, demonstrate its solidarity with other countries, carry out diplomatic visits showing the determination and cohesion of the Alliance, or prepare and improve the maritime capabilities of NATO for future operations.
During the period in which the ship will be integrated into this structure, it will have the mission of guaranteeing freedom of action and maritime navigation, through the hunting of mines or explosive devices and the monitoring of sea beds from the entrances of some ports of countries ribereños of the Mediterranean. Likewise, he will be ready to react and act in case of crisis in those scenarios that require it.
Among other activities, the vessel plans to participate in 3 major mining war exercises. In particular: OLIVES NOIRES (17-28 Sep) and NUSRET (15-25 Oct) in the Mediterranean, and POSEIDON (12-16 Nov) in the Black Sea, showing the commitment of Spain and the Navy with collective security and defense shared of the Alliance.
In addition, the “Turia”, during its integration will support other multinational missions in the Mediterranean, such as the NATO Operation of deterrence and fight against terrorism (Operation “Sea Guardian”), and the operation of the European Union against the illegal traffic of people (Operation “Sophia” ‘).