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Spanish Navy frigate Méndez Núñez in West India Dock – 24th April 2015


Over the last few weeks, there has been very few ships visiting West India Dock. However the welcome arrival of the Spanish Navy frigate Méndez Núñez today offers more that a little interest.


The Méndez Núñez has just returned from the waters off Scotland where the ship participated in a NATO joint training exercise called ‘Joint Warrior’ which was organized by the United Kingdom.


There has been a marked increase in these kind of manoeuvres since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis and ‘Joint Warrior’ included all three Services of a number of NATO allies testing their capabilities in a number of crisis and conflict scenario’s.


The Méndez Núñez (F104) is a Álvaro de Bazán class frigate which was built by Navantia in its Ferrol Shipyards and was  launched in 2004 and entered service in 2006.
The F-100 frigates are especially designed for anti-air warfare using the AEGIS combat system which offers state-of-the-arts technology.


The ship has seen action in the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean mostly in an anti piracy and anti terrorism role.
The ship has a crew of 200 people and will be here for a few days, there is  no news if it will open to the public to visit.



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Photo Eric Pemberton

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