In the 2018 edition of the INSTREX exercise, various naval assets will be involved, including the Royal-frigate, which will be the FNP’s flagship, the frigate D. Francisco de Almeida and the Arpão submarine together with a Marine Force ( Landing Force), two Divers Detachments and a Detachment of Special Actions, involving about 660 Portuguese Navy soldiers. Also the Portuguese Air Force will participate in the exercise.
On board the NRP Corte-Real will be embarked the Commander of the Portuguese Naval Force, Captain-of-sea-and-war Diogo Arroteia, and its Force Staff.
The FNP is an operational force with high readiness, which is assigned to Marine Units, Marines and Divers for the execution of maritime expeditionary operations or for integration into joint operational forces, constituting itself as the naval component of the Immediate Reaction Force (FRI) . The objective will be to develop its activity in national waters, in a fictitious scenario of projection for a region devastated by high social and political instability, complying with a determination of the international community, and having as its main mission to guarantee the rapid and effective response in a crisis scenario .
In this first naval exercise of 2018 will also be realized several experiments, namely the use of Drones for recognition and surveillance, and systems of monitoring of the amphibious tactical panorama.