February 26, 2020 (Google Translation) – The corvette ARA “Granville”, dependent on the Maritime Patrol Division, arrived at the Mar del Plata Naval Base. The return was yesterday morning, after serving as Station Ship in Ushuaia; provide logistical support to other units; carry out beaconing tasks in the southern zone; and carry out control of maritime spaces in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of national jurisdiction.
The unit, under the command of Frigate Captain Manuel Lazarte, had sailed in November of last year, thus completing almost four months outside its natural range.
“The crew has completed intense days of operational activities outside of their usual station, with great professionalism, dedication and effort,” said the Commander of the corvette, adding that “the task that the Argentine Navy has been carrying out permanently was continued in order to to exercise sovereign presence and carry out the surveillance, monitoring and control of maritime spaces, as well as fishing activity in the Exclusive Economic Zone of our country and its adjacent area, helping to ensure a responsible exploitation of natural resources and the protection of national interests in the Argentine Sea ”.
With the arrival of the “Granville” to Ushuaia, on November 25, it assumed as Station Ship, replacing the ARA “Lieutenant Olivieri” notice, which depends on the Naval Amphibious and Logistics Command. The functions were carried out under the organic dependence of the Southern Naval Area Command.
On the other hand, during December 2020, it carried out surveillance, monitoring and control tasks of natural resources in the presence of foreign ships that were sailing through the Pacific Ocean towards the mouth of the Strait of Magellan. On that occasion, and in integrated tasks, a Beechcraft B200-M belonging to the Naval Airborne Maritime Surveillance Squadron provided air support.
The patrolling operation was under the operational control of the Atlantic Naval Area Command based at the Mar del Plata Naval Base, and also included the participation of the corvette ARA “Spiro” and a Grumman S-2T Turbo Tracker belonging to the Squadron. Air Naval Antisubmarina.
The unit also carried out SAR (Maritime Search and Rescue) guard duties within the framework of the responsibility sector of the Austral Naval Area, in charge of the Ushuaia Search and Rescue Coordination Center, in order to guarantee maritime assistance to any vessel that so require it.
Likewise, the “Granville” carried out the planned activities of personnel replacement and supply of material in the Maritime Traffic Control and Surveillance Posts that the Navy has in Puerto Parry, on Isla de los Estados, called “Commander Luis Piedra Buena”, and in Bahía Buen Suceso, at the eastern end of Tierra del Fuego, in order to give continuity to the tasks carried out there.
Within the framework of activities related to assistance to other institutions in the Southern Naval Area, he carried out support tasks for park rangers belonging to the Institution of National Parks and scientists from the Austral Center for Scientific Research (CADIC), who sailed in the ” Granville ”to Isla de los Estados and carried out scientific and conservation tasks for native species in San Juan de Salvamento, San Antonio Bay, Flinders Bay, Hoppner Bay and Franklin Bay.
The Captain of the Frigate Lazarte explained that “this noble corvette sailed permanently ensuring the fulfillment of the mission imposed mainly due to my beloved crew, men and women who, with great professional pride, mainly guaranteed and ensured the operation of the systems and equipment. that compose it.”
“The enlistment to fulfill the tasks of the Station Ship for a prolonged period constituted a great professional challenge since, without being oblivious to what happened at the national level due to the pandemic, the personal efforts of each of the members of the endowment in the activities and essential coordination in various aspects, which make the general enlistment of the unit under a strict sanitary protocol. But the most important thing was the sea control activities that we developed in these months preserving the fishing resources of the Argentine Sea ”, he added.