September 10, 2020 (Google Translation) – Yesterday morning the corvette ARA “Granville” arrived at the dock of the Mar del Plata Naval Base, after carrying out a new operation to control the national maritime spaces within the limits of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Argentine Sea.
The naval unit, dependent on the Maritime Patrol Division (DVPM), had set sail to monitor fishing activity and the transit of vessels through national waters. To this end, he added to the staff of the Tactical Divers Group, and a fisheries inspector from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Nation, to the Unit’s Visit Registration and Capture (VRC) staff.
During the navigation, the ship of the Argentine Navy specified the effective control of vessels of interest in different areas of the South Atlantic, obtaining the positive and collaborative result of them through radio communications that allowed to corroborate their fishing permits, their technical and commercial data , and carry out a detailed photographic record of each vessel.
In this sense, the Corvette’s Chief of Operations, Lieutenant Nelson Preveth, stressed that “it is of vital importance to carry out this type of activity in order to contribute to the protection of national resources, this task being one of the of the Maritime Patrol Division ”.
After a few days of technical stopover at the Port of Ushuaia to carry out logistical support tasks in the Southern Naval Area, the “Granville” carried out a navigation stage together with the ARA notice “Teniente Olivieri”, the ARA “Indómita” speedboat and the ARA “Surubí” boat developing different types of tactical exercises. Once this was concluded, the “Granville” and the “Olivieri” continued sailing together to the vicinity of the area called Punta Loyola in the province of Santa Cruz, where the notice was highlighted to carry out maintenance tasks of the navigation aids, in coordination with the Naval Hydrography Service.
Subsequently, the DVPM unit stood out at the limit of the EEZ, where it continued its tasks of monitoring and control of legal maritime spaces. After several weeks operating to contribute to the safeguarding of national resources at sea, the corvette ARA “Granville” entered the dock of the Mar del Plata Naval Base, completing its mission, being relieved by another Navy ship at sea.
In this regard, its Commander, Frigate Captain Manuel Alejandro Lazarte, expressed: “The balance of this navigation was extremely positive; It allowed the crew of the corvette ARA ‘Granville’ to consolidate its training of all operational groups at the individual and group level, with emphasis on the tasks of control of maritime spaces. This type of navigation represents some of the activities that we carry out continuously with the units of the Maritime Patrol Division belonging to the Atlantic Naval Area ”.
Upon taking port, and without pausing in between, the corvette began a new enlistment with the objective of returning to sea as soon as possible, in response to the annual plan of the Atlantic Naval Area Command.
Also during navigation, the corvette crew was able to carry out their individual unit training through various levels of instruction according to the annual training plan established by the superior command.
With varied weather and maritime conditions, the “Granville” recreated on board situations with different levels of complexity, motivating the development of different roles such as breakdown control; fight against fire; abandonment of the unit; man overboard rescue maneuvers; general seamanship maneuvers and combat role.
Also, and with special emphasis given its functions as part of the DVPM, the corvette increased its training in VRC procedures, for which the specialized crew of tactical divers embarked on the unit transmitted their knowledge and experiences to the unit’s own VRC group. , under a hypothesis of maritime interception.
Within this framework, the staff worked on approach techniques with boats to a ship of interest; safety and movement on board; handling of light weapons with effective fire; hand-to-hand combat; and interaction with cooperative and non-cooperative crews.
The Chief of Armament of the “Granville”, Lieutenant of the Navy Germán Arbizu, explained that “the VRC training is necessary for the personnel to acquire the necessary skills related to the tasks they will carry out to contribute to the protection of national resources and the international laws stipulated under the legal framework of the CONVEMAR (Convention of the Sea) ”.