The frigate “Álvaro de Bazán” ended early in the morning of this Sunday, November 22, a deployment that has lasted for the last five months, after setting sail from its base, in the Ferrol Military Arsenal, last June 22, and dock in this same place.
During this time, the Spanish Navy ship has acted as the command ship of the permanent NATO group number 2 (SNMG2), deploying in the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea under the command of Rear Admiral Manuel Aguirre Aldereguía, sailed with navy ships allies such as Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria or Germany.
During this deployment, the F-100 series frigate has participated in several international exercises, such as “Sea Breezze”, “Breeze”, “Dynamic Mariner”, “Dynamic Guard” and “Mavi Balina”. He has also visited several ports, such as Odessa (Ukraine), Burgas (Bulgaria), Algiers (Algeria), Aksaz (Turkey), Souda (Greece), Toulon (France), as well as the Spanish ones of Rota (Cádiz), Mahón (Menorca ) and Cartagena (Murcia).
A few days ago he handed over the command of this group to another frigate based in Ferrol, the “Cristóbal Colón”, in the Greek port of Souda, at which point the “Álvaro de Bazán” headed for Ferrol, with a stop at the Rota Naval Base, for the disembarkation of the members of the Marine Corps of the Security Operational Team (EOS) and the embarked Air Unit of the 10th Aircraft Squadron who have accompanied the “Álvaro de Bazán” throughout this journey.
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 contagions.
The frigate “Álvaro de Bazán” (F-101) is the first of the F-100 class, built in the Navantia Ferrol shipyard and delivered to the Navy in September 2002. As commander, the frigate captain Ricardo Gómez Delgado, It is based in Ferrol and has a staff of about 200 people.