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Frigate ‘Reina Sofía’ to join the Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG-1).
During the next two and a half months the frigate will conduct several training activities with other Allied units.
Monday, February 27, 2017


Frigate ‘Reina Sofía’ (F-84) has just set sail from Rota Naval Base to integrate into the Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG-1). The farewell ceremony was presided over by the Commander of the 41st Escort Squadron, Captain Ramón Godín.

During the two and a half-month mission, the Spanish frigate will participate in several training activities with other NATO units, among them exercise ‘Joint Warrior 171’ off the Scottish coast at the end of March.

With this deployment Spain strengthens its commitment with the Atlantic Alliance and provides a valuable asset to this rapid reaction force.

Frigate ‘Reina Sofía’ (F-84)

‘Reina Sofía’ is the fourth of six ‘Santa María’-class frigates (based on the U.S. ‘Oliver Hazard Perry’ escorts). With a crew of 180 people, the frigate has embarked an SH-60B helicopter with its support personnel, a Marine Corps security squad and medical personnel.

The F-84 has participated in many national and international operations and exercises, including the counter-piracy Operation ‘Atalanta’ in the Indian Ocean (2012) and, more recently, Operation ‘Sophia’ in the Mediterranean Sea (2016) fighting the illegal trafficking of people.

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