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NATO’s Maritime Groups

Frigate ‘Blas de Lezo’ (F-103) returns to Ferrol after integrating into the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two.
The F-103 joined the SNMG-2 on April 29th.
Saturday, June 24, 2017


Frigate ‘Blas de Lezo’ is scheduled to arrive at her home port in Ferrol (NW Spain) next Saturday after a deployment with the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG-2) as flagship of the Sub-Group TU.02 in the Mediterranean Sea. This Sub-Group is currently under command of Spanish Navy Captain Rubén Rodríguez Peña.

During her deployment, the F-103 took part in several multinational exercises like MARE APERTO 17 in Italy and FLOTEX 17 in Spanish waters, visiting many European and North African ports.

NATO’s standing groups are rapid reaction forces with ample capabilities and high levels of readiness and training.

The ‘Blas de Lezo’ left her homeport on April 29th. With a company of more than 200 people under command of Cdr. Juan María Ibáñez, the ship embarked an SH-60B helicopter and a Marine Corps Security Team.

This integration has been a further example of Spain’s strong commitment with the Atlantic Alliance.

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