Spanish Navy To Deploy Replenishment Ships for Royal Canadian Navy Needs

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Naval Forces News - Spain, Canada
 
 
 
Spanish Navy To Deploy Replenishment Ships for Royal Canadian Navy Needs
 
The Spanish Navy (Armada Española) announced it will deploy two replenishment oilers to help cover the Royal Canadian Navy's current needs for logistic support vessels. SPS Patiño will be deployed between February and March, and SPS Cantabria between mid-September and November. Both vessels were designed and built by Spanish shipyard Navantia.
     
The Spanish Navy (Armada Española) announced it will deploy two replenishment oilers to help cover the Royal Canadian Navy's current needs for logistic support vessels. SPS Patiño will be deployed between February and March, and SPS Cantabria between mid-September and November. Both vessels were designed and built by Spanish shipyard Navantia.SPS Patiño will be deployed to Canada between February and March
     
The Spanish Navy said "The 'Patiño' is in its final stage of readiness. Operational qualification will be held during the month of January, the vessel will then head to Canada in early February. During this deployment, the 'Patiño' will take part in different exercises with naval units Atlantic Canadian waters. Also participating will be Canadian ships in a multinational exercise organized by the US Navy in the waters of the US east coast."

"Meanwhile, the 'Cantabria' will leave its base in Ferrol in early September to work with the Canadian Navy until late November. Among other activities, it is expected that the 'Cantabria' involved in the exercise 'Cutlass Fury' as part of the Canadian Navy."

The Royal Canadian Navy has requested support from the Spanish Navy in the form of supply vessels. This support is based on the principle of solidarity among NATO members, by which a country provides a capability not available to the ally, all without involving additional cost and without entailing a reduction in the operational capabilities of the Spanish Navy .

Combat supply ships 'Patiño' and 'Cantabria' main mission is to provided fuel, water, ammunition, supplies and spare parts to a naval force at sea in addition to providing hospital facilities. These vessels can also provide logistical support in non-combat operations such as humanitarian and environmental defense. They also have several capabilities that can develop in a manner similar to that of a ship, such as those relating to maritime safety (control of maritime traffic, visit and search, counter-piracy) or flight operations.
 

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