April 8, 2020 (Google Translation) – Today, April 8, the frigate “Blas de Lezo” has returned to the Military Arsenal of Ferrol, after completing its participation in the combined training with the French air-naval group for Atlantic waters, as an escort for the aircraft carrier “Charles de Gaulle”.
The frigate “Blas de Lezo” (F-103) set sail on March 3 from the Ferrol Military Arsenal to join a training activity combined with the Aeronaval Group of the French aircraft carrier “Charles de Gaulle” in Atlantic waters, under operational control of the Operations Command.
During the period of the combined training, the group consisted of frigates from 6 countries, including France, Norway, Portugal, Germany, Belgium and Denmark. After joining the group, the frigate “Blas de Lezo” sailed towards the waters of the Bay of Biscay, for a subsequent naval presence in the port of Brest (France), materializing the first logistical landfall in mid-March. At the end of the port call, the F-103 set sail to continue its navigation through the waters of the North Sea, where it stayed for three weeks, highlighting the frigate’s performance as Tactical Commander of a group of escorts in precursor operations to support to the freedom and security of navigation of the “Charles de Gaulle”, the training and interoperability of the SH-60B with other frigates, as well as,
Between March 19 and 23, in the central area of the Black Sea, the group collaborated closely with the NATO Permanent Naval Association No. 1 (SNMG1) in order to promote maritime security in the area.
He also participated in the ‘FRISIAN RESILIANCE’ exercises from March 23 to 27, organized by the Dutch air force and eminently aerial, where the participation for the first time of an F-100 frigate with F-35 fighters stands out.
At the end of March, the frigate “Blas de Lezo” transited to the east coast of Dimanara, where it anchored in the vicinity of Frederikshavn (Denmark) with the rest of the ships in the group. After this funding, the group returned to the North Sea and the F-103 made 4 or and final oil with French supply ship “Somme”, of which he will have received almost 900,000 liters. The last week, the combined training continued to take place between the Bay of Biscay and Finisterre until the end of participation, having fulfilled the training objectives of the “Blas de Lezo”.
Thus, the frigate has spent 37 days out of the Ferrol Military Arsenal, 34 of them at sea, sailed more than 6,600 miles, controlling French “Rafales” fighters from the aircraft carrier for more than 20 hours, practically operating in the areas from the Bay of Biscay, the English Channel and the North Sea.