Span­ish Sup­ply Ship Sup­ports RCN Ex­er­cises

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Three Royal Cana­dian Navy ves­sels, along with Span­ish re­plen­ish­ment ship SPS Patiño, de­parted Hal­i­fax on Fe­bru­ary 17 to con­duct a task group ex­er­cise along the eastern seaboard.

HMCS Athabaskan and Hal­i­fax, along with Patiño, set sail to join HMCS Char­lot­te­town, which de­parted ear­lier in the week, to take part in the ex­er­cise, ac­cord­ing to the RCN. The ships will op­er­ate at sea from Fe­bru­ary through March, con­duct­ing re­plen­ish­ment and com­bat se­ri­als that will test all lev­els of ship and fleet readi­ness.

This ex­er­cise marks Patiño’s first par­tic­i­pa­tion in At­lantic fleet ex­er­cises since its ar­rival in Hal­i­fax on Fe­bru­ary 12.

The ex­er­cise will in­volve 870 RCN and Span­ish per­son­nel. “Ro­ta­tions of ap­prox­i­mately 30 RCN per­son­nel will em­bark SPS Patiño and un­der­study pro­ce­dures, fa­mil­iar­ize them­selves with equip­ment and par­tic­i­pate in re­plen­ish­ment at sea ac­tiv­i­ties,” the RCN noted.

HMCS Toronto con­ducts a Re­plen­ish­ment At Sea (RAS) with the Span­ish Navy sup­ply ship SPS Patino A14.

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