16 Apr 2013 Leave a comment
A large mine warfare exercise organised by Spanish Navy has started off the coast of Cartagena and Alicante.
The ‘Spanish Minex-13′ is an advanced exercise Naval War Mine Action organized annually by the Spanish Armada in order to implement common procedures for defense against the threat of naval mines.
Among the participants to this exercise are NATO’s SNMCMG-2 and EU’s Euromarfor, along with many units from Spanish Armada.
The exercise will last till 26th April 2013. Turkish Aydın class mine hunter TCG Alanya is taking part in this exercise as a member of SNMCMG-2.
The exercise is led by the Commander of the Force Mine Action, Captain Juan Jose Fernandez Garcia, who will command the more than 500 soldiers of the Spanish Armada and France, Turkey and United Kingdom.
The mines used in the ‘Spanish Minex-13′ are simulated submarine artifacts completely harmless and safe for the environment, which will be collected at the end of exercise. As usual in this type of maneuver, it will take the opportunity to make a clean seabed area exercises.
This is the list of participating naval units to this exercise. More info is always welcomed.
|P-77||SPS Infanta Cristina||Frigate||Spain|
|P-81||SPS Torella||Patrol craft||Spain|
|P-82||SPS Formentor||Patrol craft||Spain|
|M-31||SPS Segura||Mine hunter||Spain|
|M-32||SPS Sella||Mine hunter||Spain|
|M-35||SPS Duero||Mine hunter||Spain|
|M-36||SPS Tajo||Mine hunter||Spain|
|A-101M-31||SPS Mar Caribe||Logistic support ship||Spain|
|M-653||FS Capricorne||Mine hunter||France|
|M-31||HMS Cattistock||Mine hunter||UK|
|M-265||TCG Alanya||Mine hunter||Turkey|