January 10, 2020 (Google Translation) – The MAR-31 naval exercises will take place from January 13 to 17. These maneuvers will be directed by the ship’s captain Santiago Vila Barrón, Commander of the 31st Surface Squadron. The “Reina Sofía” and “Navarra” frigates of the 41st Escort Squadron based in Rota, the “Álvaro de Bazán” and “Cristóbal Colón” frigates and the “Cantabria” combat supply ship of the 31st Surface Squadron, based on Ferrol. In addition, in this edition of the exercise for the first time, the French frigate “Latouche Treville”, based in Brest, will participate.
The Spanish Navy “Tramontana” submarine, the Ferrol diving unit, the “Mahón” tugboat and Air Force aircraft, as well as maritime patrol aircraft of the French Navy will also participate as collaborating media.
The main objective of the exercise is to raise the level of training in tactical and naval procedures, in the areas of anti-submarine, anti-aircraft and surface warfare. The participation of French media will serve to increase the level of cooperation between the two nations in the bilateral sphere, and show the high level of mutual commitment. At the end of the exercise, the force is expected to visit the ports of Gijón, Ferrol (submarine “Tramontana”) and A Coruña during the weekend for naval presence.