The Spanish Navy’s frigate Almirante Juan de Borbón (F-102) will become a part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG-2) from September.
The vessel set sail today from its home base in Ferrol to the eastern Mediterranean, where it will participate in NATO’s operations until mid-December. Upon completion of an almost four-month mission, the vessel will return to its home base.
It is scheduled to participate in multinational exercises as well as in actual operations across the Mediterranean. This includes the NATO’s exercise “Noble Mariner 2014” taking place in the Gulf of Cadiz and Alboran Sea in October 2014, after which the vessels of the SNMG-2 will participate in the Operation Active Endeavour where the main mission of Almirante Juan de Borbón will be conducting surveillance operations and naval presence in the Mediterranean waters.
Before it was sent on this mission, the vessel completed an enrollment and a scheduled maintenance period of its mounted equipment in Ferrol in December last year.
The frigate Almirante Juan de Borbón has a crew of 200 people, and is commanded by commander Fernando Rosety Fernandez de Castro.