December 2, 2020 (Google Translation) – The Combat Supply Vessel Patiño has returned to its base port in Ferrol, upon completion of its two-month deployment in NATO Permanent Naval Grouping Number 2 (SNMG-2) in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The reception ceremony was chaired by the Commander of the 31st Surface Squadron (COMANDES 31), the captain Santiago Vila Barrón. After the ship docked, COMANDES 31 has briefly boarded to address a few words to its crew.
Throughout its deployment, the supply ship Patiño has taken part in exercises “Dynamic Mariner 20”, organized by France, “Dynamic Guard 20” organized by Spain and “Mavi Balina 20”, by Turkey, as well as exercises opportunity (PASSEX) with various Greek, German, Italian, Turkish and UK units. The ship has completed a total of 20 refueling at sea, as well as a supply of solids in which it provided two tons of frozen food to the frigate Álvaro de Bazán. He has also perfected precision firing and logistics missions with the embarked Morsa Navy Aircraft Fifth Squadron helicopter.
In addition, the Patiño has counted throughout the deployment with the presence of a Security Operational Team belonging to the Southern Third of the Marine Corps.
The Patiño has sailed some 11,000 nautical miles, and made 7 stops during these two months: at the Rota Naval Base (Spain), Toulón Naval Base (France), Mahón Naval Station (Spain), Cartagena Naval Base (Spain). ), Aksaz Naval Base (Turkey), Souda Bay Naval Base (Crete Island, Greece) and Catania Port (Sicily Island, Italy).
This year, due to the rigorous conditions imposed by COVID 19, the crew and embarked forces of the Patiño have not been able to go ashore beyond some isolated places that the visited Naval Bases have made available to them. As far as possible, leisure on board has been promoted with the celebration of culinary activities, sports contests and competitions, projection of football matches, request for limited areas for sports practices in port, etc.
After making a logistical stop in Rota to disembark the Embarked Air Unit (UNAEMB) and the Security Operational Team (EOS), the transit back to its base in the Ferrol Arsenal began.