September 19, 2020 (Google Translation) – Today Saturday 19 September, the BAC “Patiño” (A-14) has gone to sea to join the Permanent Naval Group of NATO no. 2 (SNMG-2). It will remain deployed in Mediterranean waters until December of this year.
During the deployment, a total contingent of 187 men and women will sail aboard the ship, counting in addition to their crew, with an Embarked Air Unit (UNAEMB) consisting of 19 personnel and a helicopter from the fifth aircraft squadron (SH-3D) , a Security Operations Team (EOS), made up of 11 members of the Marine Corps (Tercio Sur de la Armada) as well as a doctor and a dentist who allow an increase in the ship’s health capacity to a “Role-1 Plus” .
The operations of the Permanent Maritime Forces respond to the needs of collective defense: the fundamental purpose of NATO. The SNMG-2, which is in a situation of high availability, is part of the maritime component of the NATO Response Force (NRF). Its main mission is to meet the defense needs of the allies by offering a naval group prepared to react to any threat, as well as improve interoperability and cooperation with friendly and allied countries.
During its integration into said Group, the BAC ‘Patiño’ will contribute to demonstrate Spain’s commitment to International Security and Defense of friendly and allied countries, participating in various air-naval exercises such as “DYNAMIC MARINER 20”, “DYNAMIC GUARD 20- 2 “,” MAVI BALINA 20 “and” NAIAS 20 “.