Navarra Returns to Rota From Operation Atalanta

August 8, 2019 (Google Translation) – The frigate “Navarra” has docked this morning at the Rota Naval Base after five and a half months deployed as a command ship of the European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) in Somalia, which focuses on the fight against piracy in the Horn of Africa and the western Indian Ocean, as well as in the protection of ships of the World Food Program. During the last 176 days, the ship has traveled more than 30,000 nautical miles through the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Gulf of…

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NATO Frigate Groups Change Flagships in Rota

July 29, 2019 – Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) and Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) both transitioned flagship duties during a port visit to Rota, on July 26. SNMG1 flagship duties were transferred from the US guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) to the guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) and for SNMG2, flagship duties were transferred from Canadian frigate HMCS Toronto, to HMCS Halifax. Both Rear Adm. Edward Cashman, Commander of SNMG1, and Commodore Josée Kurtz, Commander of SNMG2 will continue commanding their groups until the end…

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USS Carney Completes Sixth Forward-Deployed Patrol

July 23, 2019 – USS Carney (DDG 64) returned to Naval Station Rota, Spain, July 22, after completing a four-month patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. Carney departed Rota March 23, 2019, and began its sixth Forward-Deployed Naval Force (FDNF) patrol in support of regional allies and partners, and U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. “The men and women of the Carney crew performed admirably,” said Cmdr. Tyson Young, Carney’s commanding officer. “We are all very excited to get back home and enjoy some well…

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Kearsarge Rocks Out on Liberty in Spain

July 5, 2019 – USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain following a port visit, July 3. “The crew had a great time in Rota and I’m proud of the way our Sailors and Marines conducted themselves while on liberty,” said Capt. Jason Rimmer, Kearsarge’s commanding officer. “There are many benefits to serving in the Navy, and getting to spend recreational time in places like Spain is definitely one of them.” Kearsarge Sailors and Marines enjoyed liberty with Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR)-organized tours, a concert, and soccer…

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USS Carney Pulls Into Rota for TRAV

June 3, 2019 – USS Carney (DDG 64) returned to Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a training and maintenance availability (TRAV), June 2, 2019. TRAV is an allotted timeframe scheduled into a deployment for the ship to conduct routine continuous certification training and maintenance on key systems. “With the high operational tempo that our ship and crew face being a forward-deployed force, it is crucial that we periodically assess our crew and systems to ensure mission readiness,” said Cmdr. Douglas Raineault, executive officer of Carney. The main focus for this…

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Navy to Rotate Four Destroyers in Rota, add Helicopter Squadron

June 4, 2019 – The U.S. Navy plans to rotate the four currently Forward Deployed Naval Force-Europe (FDNF-E) ships with newer, modernized ships in order to posture the most capable forces forward in the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) area of responsibility (AOR). Additionally, the U.S. Navy intends to relocate a helicopter maritime strike squadron (HSM) to Rota, Spain, in support of the destroyers, which will enhance the multi-mission roles of these ships. Continuing to operate the FDNF-E destroyers out of Rota, Spain demonstrates the enduring relationship between the U.S. Navy…

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Transfer of the General Staff from Atalanta to Rota

March 29, 2019 (Google Translation) – The transfer of the OHQ from the European anti-piracy operation Atalante, from Northwood to Rota, took place on 29 March in Rota in the presence of the commanders of the operation leaving and taking, the General (RM UK) Charlie Stickland and Vice Admiral (ESP) Antonio Martorelli Lacave. Admiral Prazuck, Chief of Staff of the Navy, represented the Minister of Armed Forces, Florence Parly, to mark the commitment of France in this operation, which allows the European Union to be present in this strategic area…

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USS Carney Departs Naval Station Rota

March 26, 2019 – USS Carney (DDG 64) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain to begin its sixth forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF) patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, March 23. The ship’s patrol is a demonstration of the U.S. Navy’s continued commitment to strengthening strategic partnerships in the European and African region. “The sailors aboard Carney are well prepared to execute the mission requirements asked of us,” said Cmdr. Tyson Young, commanding officer of USS Carney. “We are ready to be out at sea again working with our…

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USS Porter Resume Sixth Fleet Patrol

March 4, 2019 – USS Porter (DDG 78) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain, to resume its sixth forward-deployed naval forces patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, Mar. 4. Porter arrived in Rota Feb. 13 for a training and maintenance availability period. While in port, the crew performed maintenance that they were unable to complete while underway. In addition, inspectors from Afloat Training Group Norfolk embarked Porter to complete a mobility-seamanship inspection. “The crew was very happy to be home,” said Cmdr. Craig Trent, commanding officer of Porter.…

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USS Porter Returns to Rota

February 14, 2019 – USS Porter (DDG 78) returned to Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a scheduled training and maintenance availability (TRAV), Feb. 13. Porter departed Rota, Dec. 27, 2017, and began her sixth Forward-Deployed Naval Force (FDNF) patrol in support of regional allies and partners, and U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. “The crew performed admirably during our sixth FDNF patrol,” said Porter’s Commanding Officer Cmdr. Craig Trent. “We have been operating in some cold and harsh environments, but this crew has shown true resiliency by adapting…

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USS Donald Cook Begins 8th FDNF Patrol

January 14, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain resuming its eighth forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF) patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, Nov. 19, 2018. Donald Cook was in Naval Station Rota for a training and maintenance availability (TRAV) period. While in port, the crew performed maintenance that was unable to be completed underway. In addition, inspectors from Afloat Training Group Norfolk embarked aboard Donald Cook to complete a mobility-seamanship inspection. “TRAV gave us a great opportunity for some much needed holiday…

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US Navy Extends Maintenance Contract for Four DDGs at Rota

October 2, 2018 (Google Translation) – The United States Navy has confirmed the extension of the maintenance work to be carried out on the four DDG 51 destroyers deployed at the Rota Naval Base. The contract with the US Navy entered into force in November 2013 with a deadline of one + six years of extension and end in November 2020. The amount of this new extension reaches 57 million euros, so the ceiling of expenditure of the entire program adds to this extension the 261 million. In total, it…

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USS Porter wraps up European patrol

US Navy destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) returned to its Spain homeport on July 27, completing its fifth forward deployed naval forces (FDNF) patrol. Porter departed Naval Station Rota on April 2, to conduct naval operations in the US 6th Fleet area of operations, interacting with 20 countries in the process. During the patrol, Porter completed maritime operations with the Truman carrier strike group, engaged in interoperability training with Naval Special Warfare Unit 2, and participated in exercise Sea Breeze 2018. Additionally, the ship hosted a total of 31 midshipmen…

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Castilla Departs Rota for Operation Atalanta

Google translation The Amphibious Assault Ship “Castilla” has sailed July 19th from the Naval Base of Rota to join the operation Atlanta of the European Union whose objective is the fight against piracy in the Indian Ocean, where it will remain until the month of December. The farewell ceremony was presided over by Admiral de la Flota, Juan Rodriguez Garat. [smartslider3 slider=81] “Castilla” will relieve the Maritime Action Ship “Meteoro” that is currently deployed in the operation since last April. Two helicopters of the tenth squadron of the Aircraft Fleet…

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Arleigh Burke Arrives in Rota

USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) arrived in Rota, Spain, for a scheduled port visit, July 9. The port visit reaffirms the cooperation efforts between the partner nations to establish conditions for security and stability in the region. Carrier Strike Group operations demonstrate the mobility, flexibility, and power projection capability of the Navy’s globally deployed force. “This visit to Rota is a good opportunity for our Sailors to enjoy time in Spain and get some much deserved rest after doing great work for both the ship and our areas of…

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