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.
Training Cruises on board the ‘Juan Sebastián de Elcano’ contribute to the nautical, military, social and human instruction of midshipmen from the Marin Naval Academy
The offshore patrol vessel (OPV) ‘Vigía’ set sail from Puntales Naval Station (Cadiz) to conduct a series of activities in Africa as part of the Defense Diplomacy Plan and a follow-on of the Africa Partnership Station (APS) initiative
The auxiliary oiler and replenishment ship (AOR) ‘Patiño’ is to integrate into the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG-2) for two months
F-100 frigate ‘Méndez Núñez’ left her home port in Ferrol (NW Spain) towards the Mediterranean Sea to integrate into the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG-2)
Frigate ‘Reina Sofía’ (F-84) set sail to integrate into the Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG-1) as part of this rapid reaction force deployed in Atlantic waters
The amphibious assault ship ‘Galicia’ set sail from Rota Naval Base to take part, as flagship, in the European Union counter-piracy Operation ‘Atalanta’ in the Indian Ocean
Frigate ‘Canarias’ (F-86), departed Rota Naval Base to integrate into EUNAVFOR’s mission ‘SOPHIA’ to help stop human trafficking in the central Mediterranean Sea.
The purpose is to enhance the interoperability between the Spanish Navy and the RAN, and to provide training to the crews of the Spanish-designed ‘Hobart’-class anti-air destroyers on board the AEGIS-equipped frigate ‘Cristóbal Colón’.
The oceanographic research ship ‘Hespérides’ has started the 22nd Antarctic Campaign in support of the Spanish science.