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.
Photo Eric Pemberton