Nearly 30 naval and air units took part in this exercise, including frigates, logistic ships, minehunters, amphibious assault ships, submarines and maritime patrol aircraft from 10 different nations.
After the pre-sail conference held at ‘HMNB Clyde’ in Faslane on March 25th, the ‘Reina Sofía’ joined the other naval units to take part in a series of drills and tactical exercises prior to the second stage of the Exercise with advanced training activities in many naval fields: air, surface and submarine warfare.
The Spanish frigate participated in a VBSS exercise (visit, board, search and seizure) with a ‘Tercio de Armada’ Marine Cops squad with support from the ship’s SH-60B helicopter.
‘Joint Warrior 171’ was conducted in line with a Public Information and Intelligence Plan and, to this end, a group of civilian journalists embarked on the ship to interview and take pictures during the exercise.
After her participation in the different drills, frigate ‘Reina Sofía’ proceeded towards the port of Belfast along with other SNMG-1 warships. In the month of April, the Standing NATO Maritime Group One will organize several MSA (maritime situational awareness) operations in the Baltic and North Seas with naval units from other North European navies.
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.