December 17, 2018 (Google Translation) – This morning, after two months integrated into the Nato Permanent Naval Group No. 2 (SNMG2), the supply vessel in combat “Cantabria” has returned to its base in Ferrol.
Among the activities carried out by the “Cantabria”, highlights its participation in the exercises of the NATO “Trident Juncture 2018”. In these exercises, the most important of NATO in recent years, gathered 70 ships, 40,000 soldiers and more than 10,000 vehicles from 31 NATO and associated countries.
In addition to participating in these maneuvers, the “Cantabria” carried out maritime security patrols in the Mediterranean, landing in the ports of Algiers (Algeria), Aksaz (Turkey) and Alexandria (Egypt).
The two months in which the “Cantabria” has belonged to the SNMG2, leave a balance of 39 supply maneuvers to a total of 12 ships of 10 different nationalities, thus increasing the permanence of the forces in which it has been integrated. Apart from the SNMG2 vessels, the “Cantabria” has provided logistical support to vessels of SNMG1 and Operation EUNAVFOR MED Sophia.
The contribution of the “Cantabria” has not been limited to its functions as a supply vessel. The ship has actively participated in the Maritime Surveillance and Safety Operations carried out by the Association, conducted visits and registration exercises with the force units, and carried out training in force protection against asymmetric threats.
During all this time deployed, the crew of the ship was composed of 170 people. This group of men and women includes the crew of the Embarked Air Unit (UNAEMB) of the “Sea King” helicopter of the Fifth Armada Aircraft Squadron, and the members of an Infantry Security Operations Team (EOS). of Marina from the Tercio de Levante (Cartagena). Both the UNAEMB and the EOS have significantly increased the ship’s capabilities.
Since his departure on October 16, until his return today to national territory, the “Cantabria” has remained 62 days out of its base, sailed more than 12,000 nautical miles and visited 6 foreign ports.