February 27, 2019 (Google Translation) – The frigate of the Spanish Navy “Méndez Núñez” (F-104) has satisfactorily completed the planned training in its integration with units of the US Navy. The frigate has participated in the certification exercise “Composite Training Unit Exercise” (COMPTUEX), which assesses the preparation of the Carrier Combat Group “Abraham Lincoln”.
The “Méndez Núñez” left its base in Ferrol last January 3 to the naval base in Norfolk (Virginia). During the transit, he carried out internal training in preparation for his participation in the exercise. During their stay in Norfolk the third week of January, various institutional activities were carried out. These include the visit on board of the Secretary of State of the US Navy, the visit of Vice Admiral Lewis, Commander of the Second Fleet, an act of homage to the Spanish sailors who fought in the Cuban War of 1898 who met buried in the military cemetery of Norfolk, and the visit of the Program Office of the United States Navy in charge of selecting a Frigate design (to which the Spanish shipyard Navantia, designer and constructor of the ship) chooses.
On January 25 began the phase at sea of the C2X exercise, in waters off the east coast of the USA, in which numerous surface units, submarines and aircraft have participated. During 28 days, the “Méndez Núñez” crew, together with the homologous teams of the six units that make up the Carrier Combat Group, have put into practice the tactics, techniques and procedures according to those scenarios in which they will operate during your next cooperative deployment.
215 people, 190 men and 25 women, have formed the “Méndez Núñez” crew, which has had a Security Team of the Third North Marine Infantry (Ferrol) and an Air Unit Embarked with a SH60B helicopter (with base in Rota).
The frigate “Méndez Núñez” plans to stop in Charleston (South Carolina) to rest from the crew before starting his navigation back to Ferrol, where he will complete his enlistment prior to the cooperative deployment, which starting in April will take him to circumnavigate the globe during the year 2019, its return to Ferrol is expected in November.