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Frigate ‘Numancia’ and minehunter ‘Sella’ conclude participation in Exercise MARE APERTO-17.
The exercise was intended to attain high interoperability standards and enhance integration of Italian and NATO units.
Friday, May 19, 2017


From May 8th to 18th the Spanish Navy F-80 frigate ‘Numancia’ and minehunter ‘Sella’ took part in the multinational exercise MARE APERTO-17 organized by the Italian Navy, through its Fleet Commander (CINCNAV) off the southern Sardinian coast.

Around 40 ships from 7 different nations (France, Spain, Canada, Poland, Portugal, Turkey and Italy) participated in this ten-day exercise; among them the largest Italian Navy warships like the ‘Cavour’ and ‘Giuseppe Garibaldi’ and units from NATO and EU maritime groups.

Other participating Spanish units included the F-100 frigate ‘Blas de Lezo’, currently deployed in the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG-2) and minehunter ‘Tajo’ integrated into NATO’s second mine countermeasures group SNMCMG-2.

MARE APERTO is a very complex exercise intended to enhance specific multinational training to attain high interoperability standards and integration of Italian and NATO naval units in order to improve maritime security both, in Italy and Europe.

Upon the conclusion of the Exercise, the ‘Numancia’ and ‘Sella’ headed towards their respective homeports where they are expected to arrive on May 21st.

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