Patino Returns from SNMG2 Deployment

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.…

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USS Ross Completes Second NATO Air-Defense Exercise in the Baltic

November 29, 2020 – USS Ross (DDG 71) completed a series of air defense and fighter control exercises with NATO air forces in the Baltic Sea, Nov. 28, 2020. German Eurofighter F2000 aircraft from NATO Air Command conducted a series of flyovers while Ross’ air-intercept controllers directed the aircraft in a series of tactical air defense exercises. “Air defense exercises…

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Santa Maria Home from Operation Atalanta

October 30, 2020 (Google Translation) – This deployment has been the third time the frigate has taken part in this EU-led operation, and the most atypical one, because of the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last Friday, October 30th, frigate ‘Santa María’ returned to her base in the province of Cádiz, after spending five months operating in the waters…

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Reina Sofia Deploys for Operation Atalanta

October 2, 2020 (Google Translation) – Last Friday, and after an intense operational qualification and readiness period, frigate ‘Reina Sofía’ (F-84), sailed from Rota Naval Base towards the Indian Ocean to join ‘EUNAVFOR Somalia’, known as ‘Operation Atalanta’. The farewell ceremony was presided over by the Spanish Navy Fleet Commander, Admiral Antonio Martorell Lacave. The main objective of this European…

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USS Ross Completes Availability Early at Repair Maintenance Center Detachment Rota

July 9, 2020 – On July 1, Forward Deployed Regional Maintenance Center (FDRMC) detachment Rota completed the USS Ross (DDG 71) Surface Incremental Availability (SIA) two days early, ensuring the ship’s readiness for continued operational tasking. Ross serves as one of the Navy’s four forward deployed Arleigh Burke-class destroyers homeported in Rota, Spain that support NATO’s regional security and ballistic…

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Numancia Returns to Rota from Operation Atalanta

July 2, 2020 (Google Translation) – Today, Thursday, July 2, the Numancia frigate has docked at the Rota Naval Base after staying away from home for more than 150 days. During this period the ship has been integrated into the European force that protects World Food Program (WFP) ships, and all those ships vulnerable to possible pirate attacks in the…

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