Spanish Supply Ship Supports RCN Exercises
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.