Exercise ‘Atenea’, managed and conducted by the Marine Corps Protection Force (FUPRO), has come to an end in Rota Naval Base and Cadiz Bay after five days of intense training.
The main purpose of this exercise was to integrate Special Operations teams with the crews of warships and helicopters deployed in different theatres of operation in order to provide an adequate protection response to our units in national and international operations (ATALANTA, SEA GUARDIAN, SNMGs, etc.). Another objective was to implement standard operating procedures and techniques among the different Marine Corps’ Special Operations units and detachments.
Participating units included SO teams from Madrid, the Southern and Eastern ‘Tercios’ and the Canary Islands’ Security Unit.
The exercise involved several activities like integration of MC squads into VBSS Teams (visit, board, search & seizure), fast-rope drills and day/night firing exercises from naval and air units.
Spanish Navy’s Protection Force
The Protection Force (FUPRO in its Spanish initials) is one of the three main Marine Corps elements. It is entrusted with the protection and security of Spanish naval bases, centers, facilities and people.
Training Cruises on board the ‘Juan Sebastián de Elcano’ contribute to the nautical, military, social and human instruction of midshipmen from the Marin Naval Academy
The offshore patrol vessel (OPV) ‘Vigía’ set sail from Puntales Naval Station (Cadiz) to conduct a series of activities in Africa as part of the Defense Diplomacy Plan and a follow-on of the Africa Partnership Station (APS) initiative
The auxiliary oiler and replenishment ship (AOR) ‘Patiño’ is to integrate into the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG-2) for two months
F-100 frigate ‘Méndez Núñez’ left her home port in Ferrol (NW Spain) towards the Mediterranean Sea to integrate into the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG-2)
Frigate ‘Reina Sofía’ (F-84) set sail to integrate into the Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG-1) as part of this rapid reaction force deployed in Atlantic waters
The amphibious assault ship ‘Galicia’ set sail from Rota Naval Base to take part, as flagship, in the European Union counter-piracy Operation ‘Atalanta’ in the Indian Ocean
The main mission of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group Two (SNMCMG-2) is to contribute to keep the Alliance’s ports and naval bases open to shipping.
Frigate ‘Canarias’ (F-86), departed Rota Naval Base to integrate into EUNAVFOR’s mission ‘SOPHIA’ to help stop human trafficking in the central Mediterranean Sea.
The purpose is to enhance the interoperability between the Spanish Navy and the RAN, and to provide training to the crews of the Spanish-designed ‘Hobart’-class anti-air destroyers on board the AEGIS-equipped frigate ‘Cristóbal Colón’.
The oceanographic research ship ‘Hespérides’ has started the 22nd Antarctic Campaign in support of the Spanish science.