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Integration into SNMG-2 – ‘PATIÑO’ (A-14)

Purpose of the mission Activities

Integration into SNMG-2 – ‘PATIÑO’ (A-14)

The auxiliary oiler and replenishment ship (AOR) ‘Patiño’ has integrated into the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG-2) in the Mediterranean Sea until December.

These standing naval groups are part of NATO’s Response Force Maritime Component (SPMARFOR). They are a central part of NATO’s defensive posture. The NATO Response Force is a multinational force made up of land, air, maritime, and Special Operations Forces components that are rapidly deployable. The NATO Response Force provides collective defense and a rapid military response to an emerging crisis.

During her integration, AOR ‘Patiño’ is underlining Spain’s commitment with its allies and friends as regards international security and Defense. The ship is scheduled to take part in the following exercises: ‘Dynamic Mariner-Flotex’, ‘Dogu Akdeniz 19’ and ‘NIRIIS 19’.

For this deployment, the A-14 has embarked a helicopter with its support personnel, a Marine Corps security team, and medical personnel and a dentist with a total complement of 174 people.

Jointly designed to meet the requirements of both, the Spanish Navy and the Royal Netherlands Navy, this replenishment ship has participated in many national and international exercises.

The motto of the ‘Patiño’ reads: Non Venit Ministrari, Sed Ministrare (I did not come to be served, but to serve) and refers to her mission of supplying national and Allied Navies. Indeed, the ship was designed to provide support to a Task Group made up of an aircraft-carrier, five frigates and 20 aircraft during 21 days.

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