The Álvaro de Bazán frigate returns to the Ferrol Arsenal after sailing through the Mediterranean and the Black Sea

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R. Loureiro


22/11/2020 14:35 h

The Álvaro de Bazán frigate, the F-101, returned this morning to its base at the Ferrol Military Arsenal. A base from which he had sailed on June 22, when he put to sea to carry out the relief in command of the Permanent Group of NATO number 2, the SNMG2.

In the course of its mission, the frigate sailed through the waters of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, under the command of Rear Admiral of the Navy Manuel Aguirre Aldereguía, along with ships from countries such as Turkey, Bulgaria, Germany and Romania.

As the Navy itself reports, “throughout its deployment” the Ferrol-based frigate took part in several international exercises (Sea Breeze, Breeze, Dynamic Mariner, Dinamic Guard and Mavi Balina), and landed among other ports in those of Odessa, in Ukraine; Burgas, in Bulgaria; Algiers, in Algeria; Aksaz, in Turkey; Souda, in Greece; and Toulon, in France, as well as visiting Spanish ports such as Mahón and Cartagena.

The Navy also informs that “after carrying out the change of command with its sister frigate, the F-105 Cristóbal Colón, the F-101 set course for the Rota Naval Base to disembark the members of the Infantry of Navy of the Security Operational Team and of the Embarked Air Unit of the Tenth Aircraft Squadron “, troops who” have accompanied Álvaro de Bazán throughout this journey. “

The Navy also highlights that “this deployment has been especially demanding due to the situation generated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to keep the crew free of contagion.”

The Álvaro de Bazán frigate was built in the Ferrol shipyard of Navantia and delivered to the Navy in September 2002. Its crew is 200 people and its commander is the frigate captain Ricardo Gómez Delgado.

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