September 21, 2020 (Google Translation) – The mine hunter “Duero” left its base port of Cartagena this Sunday, September 20, bound for the port of Toulon (France) to join the NATO Permanent Mine Action Group No. 2 (SNMCMG-2). Her return is scheduled for November 2020.
The ship has been dismissed by the Commander of the Mine Action Force, Captain Miguel Cuartero Lorenzo, accompanied by members of his General Staff and by the Commander of the First Squad of Minehunters.
Throughout the navigation, the “Duero” mine hunter will participate in the “Sea Guardian” Operation, designed to contribute to safety through knowledge of the maritime environment in the Mediterranean.
In addition, during the deployment under the NATO flag, the “Duero” plans to participate in the international exercises “OLIVES NOIRES” in France, “NUSRET” in Turkey and “POSEIDON” in Bulgaria along with the rest of the ships that are members of the SNMCMG-2.
The ‘”Duero” mine hunter specializes in mine warfare. It has underwater vehicles and a team of divers capable of deactivating and neutralizing sea mines, a danger that could affect military and civilian vessels.