USS Carney Departs Naval Station Rota

March 26, 2019 – USS Carney (DDG 64) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain to begin its sixth forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF) patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, March 23. The ship’s patrol is a demonstration of the U.S. Navy’s continued commitment to strengthening strategic partnerships in the European and African region. “The sailors aboard Carney are well prepared to execute the mission requirements asked of us,” said Cmdr. Tyson Young, commanding officer of USS Carney. “We are ready to be out at sea again working with our…

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Forces From 14 Countries in UK for Major Navy Exercise

March 15, 2019 – Hundreds of Royal Navy personnel will join forces with warships, submarines and aircraft from 13 other countries for a two-week exercise. Naval ships, Royal Marines and helicopters from the Fleet Air Arm will be in and around Scotland for Exercise Joint Warrior. It will see the navy work alongside the Army and Royal Air Force as well as tri-service counterparts from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and the US. In total, there will be 6,500 personnel at sea,…

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Cantabria Returns from SNMG2 Duty With NATO

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”…

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Serviola Returns to Ferrol After Exercises With Algerian Navy

December 17, 2018 (Google Translation) – The high-altitude patrol boat “Serviola” (P-71) arrived this morning at its base in Ferrol, after completing its participation in a collaboration with the Argelina Navy within the Bilateral Hispano-Algerian Cooperation Plan for the year 2018. The ship visited the port of Algiers between December 10 and 13 with the purpose of preparing a counterterrorism exercise that was subsequently executed at sea. During the stay in port, the Special Operations Team of the Special Naval Warfare Force conducted several training sessions with their Algerian counterparts,…

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USS Bulkeley Returns to Norfolk Following Deployment

November 13, 2018 – USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) returned to Naval Station Norfolk following a seven-month deployment to the Navy’s U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility, Nov. 11. The ship operated as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) and also conducted independent operations in support of 6th Fleet combatant commander requirements. “I could not be prouder of these naval warriors as they completely bought-in to the mantra of ’Engaging, Fighting, and Winning‘ and established a new standard of excellence,” said Cmdr. John Lucas IV, the ship’s…

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Marshal Ustinov Enters Spanish enclave of Ceuta on the African Coast

November 9, 2018 (Google Translation) – Today, a squad of warships of the Northern Fleet, led by the missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov, made a business call at the Spanish port of Ceuta. Within a few days, the crews of Russian ships will replenish their stocks. After completion of the replenishment of the reserves, the detachment of ships will continue to perform tasks on the long-range cruise plan. The call of a detachment of ships of the Northern Fleet to the port of Ceuta was made for the first time since…

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Exercise Grand African NEMO

November 9, 2018 (Google Translation) – The wishes expressed during the 3rd symposium on maritime safety in the Gulf of Guinea applied concretely at sea. The Navy is currently participating alongside 15 African navies in the 1st edition of the ” Grand African NEMO ” exercise . This annual exercise strengthens the momentum for a truly maritime community in the Gulf of Guinea that can fight to maintain security in this area of ​​the globe. It complements the “African NEMO” exercises, conducted 5 to 6 times a year, in a…

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Rolls-Royce to deliver design and ship equipment for Belgium’s new research vessel

November 7, 2018 – Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract by the Spanish ship builder Freire to deliver ship design and equipment systems for a new oceanographic research vessel for Belgium. The IMO polar code compliant vessel will be designed to carry out research and survey tasks in the North Sea and its adjacent sea areas, but also in the Mediterranean and more northern areas. The research vessel will cater for the requirements of the Belgian marine scientific community when performing advanced marine research and education at sea – today…

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Thirteen Allies to cooperate on the introduction of Maritime Unmanned Systems

October 3, 2018 – At our Summit in Brussels in July, NATO leaders endorsed the implementation of NATO’s reinforced maritime posture. In support of this, on Wednesday (3 October 2018), Defence Ministers from thirteen NATO Allies signed a declaration of intent to cooperate on the introduction of Maritime Unmanned Systems. This initiative will enable Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States to pool their resources, their talent and ingenuity to create better, more flexible and more interoperable unmanned, maritime…

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Spanish Navy Accepts Delivery of Audaz

September 4, 2018 – On the 3rd, the act of receiving the fifth Maritime Action Ship (BAM) “Audaz” (P-45) took place at the Curra dock. The ship is integrated into the Command of the Maritime Action Units in Cartagena, establishing its base in the Arsenal. The ceremony was chaired by the Admiral of Maritime Action (ALMART), Manuel de la Puente Mora-Figueroa, and was attended by different civil and military authorities. [smartslider3 slider=86] After the arrival of the authorities and the guests, the ALMART addressed on board some words of welcome…

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Seven NATO Allies plan to acquire maritime munitions together

Seven NATO Allies are signing a Letter of Intent on Multinational Cooperation for the Provision of Maritime Battle Decisive Munitions (MBDM) in Brussels during the NATO Summit (11 and 12 July 2018). Under this agreement, Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, and Spain plan to combine munitions purchases in order to achieve economies of scale – and thus lower prices. The potential establishment of common warehousing solutions could lower costs even further. The plan covers a broad range of munition types, including surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes, and gun shells.…

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Infanta Elena Home From Africa Deployment

Google Translation The Patrolman of Height “Infanta Elena”, has docked today in the quay of the Curra of the Arsenal of Cartagena. During the last four months, it has contributed to improve Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea and West Africa, monitoring maritime traffic, making a naval presence and supporting Spanish flagship and vessels in areas currently affected by piracy, immigration and fishing illegal. The manning of the ship was received by the Admiral of the Maritime Action Force, Vice Admiral Manuel de la Puente Mora-Figueroa, in addition to…

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BALTOPS 2018 Daily Update: June 2

Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018 kicked off with participating nations attending a pre-sail conference at Hotel Amberton Klaipeda on June 1. BALTOPS is an annual joint, multinational maritime-focused exercise scheduled for June 1-15, 2018. It is designed to improve training value for participants enhance flexibility and interoperability, and demonstrate resolve among allied and partner forces in defending the Baltic Sea region. The exercise will involve maritime, ground, and air forces so as to strengthen combined response capabilities necessary to ensure regional stability. Participating nations in BALTOPS include Belgium, Denmark, Finland,…

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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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Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) and Navantia Form Joint Venture ‎

Under the high patronage of HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Defense, and in the presence of Mariano Rajoy Spanish Prime Minister, Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) and Navantia S.A. today signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to create a joint venture (JV) April 12th in Madrid. The JV will manage and localize any naval combat systems activity including integration and installation. Both parties also inked a Letter of Intent (LoI) to design and build 5 Avante…

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