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Aboard the Spanish Navy frigate Méndez Núñez in West India Dock – 27th April 2015

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One of the benefits of living near West India Dock is that when there is a ship visiting, they often have Open Days when you can undertake a tour of the ship.

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Today the Spanish Navy frigate Méndez Núñez is open to the public from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm.

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When I watched the ship come into dock, she looked larger than many of the other frigates who have visited and once you get on board that initial feeling is confirmed. It is 147 metres long with a beam of 17.5 metres with a depth of 9.8 metres. The ship has a of 201 plus 36 Air crew and staff.

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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.

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The ship is relatively new and possesses lots of state-of-the-arts technology designed for anti-air warfare.

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This is most obvious in the rather spacious bridge with a number of screens and displays that offer views of most of the systems on board. It operates under the AEGIS combat system with Radar, Torpedoes and Sonar, it also has the capacity for a Seahawk Helicopter.

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The ship will be leaving the dock  this evening, so if you would like to see Méndez Nunez , you will need to quick.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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