USS Porter wraps up European patrol

US Navy destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) returned to its Spain homeport on July 27, completing its fifth forward deployed naval forces (FDNF) patrol. Porter departed Naval Station Rota on April 2, to conduct naval operations in the US 6th Fleet area of operations, interacting with 20 countries in the process. During the patrol, Porter completed maritime operations with the Truman carrier strike group, engaged in interoperability training with Naval Special Warfare Unit 2, and participated in exercise Sea Breeze 2018. Additionally, the ship hosted a total of 31 midshipmen…

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Castilla Departs Rota for Operation Atalanta

Google translation The Amphibious Assault Ship “Castilla” has sailed July 19th from the Naval Base of Rota to join the operation Atlanta of the European Union whose objective is the fight against piracy in the Indian Ocean, where it will remain until the month of December. The farewell ceremony was presided over by Admiral de la Flota, Juan Rodriguez Garat. “Castilla” will relieve the Maritime Action Ship “Meteoro” that is currently deployed in the operation since last April. Two helicopters of the tenth squadron of the Aircraft Fleet (SH60L and…

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Arleigh Burke Arrives in Rota

USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) arrived in Rota, Spain, for a scheduled port visit, July 9. The port visit reaffirms the cooperation efforts between the partner nations to establish conditions for security and stability in the region. Carrier Strike Group operations demonstrate the mobility, flexibility, and power projection capability of the Navy’s globally deployed force. “This visit to Rota is a good opportunity for our Sailors to enjoy time in Spain and get some much deserved rest after doing great work for both the ship and our areas of…

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Spanish Frigate Numanica to Replace Sister Santa Maria on Illegal Immigrant Patrol

Google translation The frigate “Numancia” has set sail this morning for the Italian port of Catania to relieve the frigate “Santa María” deployed in the operation “SOPHIA” since December last year. The “Numancia” will be integrated into the mission until October 20, a month that will be relieved by another Spanish vessel. The crew of the frigate consists of 215 men and women under the command of the frigate’s captain Isidro Carrara Navas. The farewell ceremony was presided over by Rear Admiral Ricardo A. Hernández López, Commander of the Naval…

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USS Porter Hosts Friends and Family Cruise

USS Porter (DDG 78) hosted more than 100 guests for a friends and family day cruise that included tours of the ship, gun demonstrations, and a steel beach picnic, March 26. The friends and family day cruise is a naval tradition that typically precedes or follows a ship’s deployment. It offers the crew a chance to involve its family members and special guests in the day-to-day operations of life as a Sailor, while also allowing them to spend quality time together. The guest list was comprised of Sailors’ families, friends…

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NUWC Division Newport now operating Shipboard Electronic Systems Evaluation Facility in Spain

The U.S. Navy’s first permanent Shipboard Electronic Systems Evaluation Facility (SESEF) site in Europe is now operating in Rota, Spain. A Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport tenant activity site at Naval Station Rota, Spain, the facility services Commander 6th Fleet (C6F) forward deployed naval forces (FDNFs). It opened in September 2017. SESEFs are land-based test sites established in the 1950s to facilitate testing and evaluation of ship’s electromagnetic (EM) transmitting and receiving equipment for primary customers of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Military Sealift…

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USS Donald Cook Returns to Port Following FDNF Patrol

USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) returned to Naval Station Rota, Nov. 17, after conducting its sixth forward-deployed naval forces patrol.  While on patrol, Donald Cook participated in exercises Saxon Warrior 2017, Joint Warrior 2017, Formidable Shield 2017 and Dogu Akdeniz 2017, to further stability and security in the region. “It has been a very exciting patrol for me,” said Cmdr. Matt Powel, commanding officer of Donald Cook. “The crew performed outstandingly over the last four months. I am amazed and humbled by their professionalism and resiliency.”  Multinational exercises like the…

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FDRMC Det Rota Completes USS Carney SIA

Forward Deployed Regional Maintenance Center (FDRMC) Detachment Rota, Spain successfully completed USS Carney’s (DDG 64) 60-day surface incremental availability (SIA) on time, Oct. 27. “This was the second SIA conducted in Rota, Spain and continues the record of on-time availabilities dating back to the USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), completed in March 2014,” said FDRMC Commanding Officer, Capt. Gustavo Vergara. USS Carney’s SIA consisted of a work package of 60 work items, Production work during this availability included Auxiliary Machinery Room #1 bilge preservation; SEARAM mount replacement; gas turbine module…

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ESPS Numancia Departs for Kiel to join SNMG-1

Google Translation From 2 September to 9 November the Numancia Frigate (F-83) will be integrated with eight ships of seven different nationalities in the Northern European NATO Immediate Response Force (SNMG-1, in its initials in English) . The vessel will be dismissed in an act presided over by the Admiral of Naval Action, Vice Admiral Antonio Martorell Lacave with the assistance of friends and relatives of the crew. The purpose of the deployment is to form part of NATO’s Immediate Reaction Force on its maritime side, as Spain’s contribution and…

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Tofiño finalizes hydrographic campaign in waters of Barbate

Google Translation On August 11, the hydrographic vessel “Tofiño” (A-32) returned to the Naval Base of Rota, after finalizing the hydrographic campaign that had been carried out in waters of the cove of Barbate since last 26 July. In the port and inlet of Barbarte there is a considerable maritime traffic, as much of the fleets fishing and sport as of cabotage, mainly with the port of Ceuta. In addition, in this port there is an important commercial activity, oriented to the support of the trappings that are stilled in…

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USS Porter Completes Patrol; Returns to Rota

April 11, 2017 – USS Porter (DDG 78) returned to Naval Station Rota following the completion of its third forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF) patrol, April 11, 2017. Porter departed Rota Nov. 30, 2016, to conduct naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. During the patrol, Porter participated in Romanian-led multinational exercise Sea Shield 2017 and Allied Maritime Command-led multilateral exercise Dynamic Manta 2017, interacting with multiple allied and partner nation navies. In addition, Porter, along with USS Ross…

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USS Ross Begins Fifth FDNF Patrol

April 3, 2017 – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain to begin its fifth scheduled forward-deployed patrol in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe April 3. Ross’s patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations serves to bolster relationships with allies and regional partners, and its participation in theater exercises will contribute toward improving our maritime forces and maintaining security and stability in the region.

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USS Ross commanding officer visits SAS Amatola

March 24, 2017 – Cdr. R. J. Caldwell, commanding officer of USS ROSS (DDG 71), visited with the wardroom and crew of the South African frigate SAS Amatola (F145) during its port visit to Rota, Spain, March 20. Caldwell went aboard the Amatola for an unofficial visit in the interest of establishing good rapport with a fellow warship. As a native of South Africa, Caldwell shared many of the same personal childhood experiences as the crew members he interacted with. Their family histories, cultural values, and mannerisms were all too…

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