Spanish warship visits Norfolk to train with carrier strike group

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190114-N-NF912-1036 NORFOLK (Jan. 14, 2019) The Alvaro de Bazan-class Spanish navy frigate ESPS Mendez Nunez (F 104) pulls into Naval Station Norfolk. Mendez Nunez is scheduled to train and conduct group exercises as part of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeremiah Bartelt/Released)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Spanish navy warship is visiting Naval Station Norfolk to train and conduct exercises with Carrier Strike Group 12. 

U.S. Navy officials said in a news release the frigate ESPS Méndez Núñez arrived on Monday from its homeport in Ferrol, Spain. 

The Núñez will take part in exercises alongside the USS Abraham Lincoln, USS Leyte Gulf, Destroyer Squadron and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7.

“In today’s complex and dynamic maritime environment, we have to forge and employ strong partnerships to protect our mutual interests,” said Capt. Sean Anderson, commodore of Destroyer Squadron Two. 

The goal of the training exercise is to test and assess the strike group’s deployability.

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