The European Maritime Force (Euromarfor) will participate in the exercise "Spanish Minex 2011" that will take place from April 26 to May 5, at vicinity of Alicante.
The Force will be composed by the Portuguese frigate Bartolomeu Dias, the flag ship, the minehunters Capricorn and Orion, from France, and Turia, from Spain.
The Captain José Mirones will be, at the tactical level, the Task Group Commander of the Force.
The exercise "Spanish Minex 2011" is a multinational exercise dedicated to the training of mine warfare that takes place annually. Besides EUROMARFOR, the Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) and naval units of the Spanish navy are involved in this exercise.
EUROMARFOR additional information :
EUROMARFOR is a multinational initiative created in 1995 by France, Italy, Portugal and Spain that can be employed in humanitarian and rescue missions, peacekeeping missions and mission of combat forces in crisis management including peacemaking.
Portugal holds command of EUROMARFOR until September 2011, the current EUROMARFOR Commander is Vice-admiral José Monteiro Montenegro, from the Portuguese Navy.
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