"We wanted to show the locals our capacities, what we do and who we are. We are surprised to see so many people showing up. It is a pleasure to have them here, and they seem to be very interested, says Lieutenant Juan Baro, Principal Warfare Officer and Gunnery Officer on board the Spanish frigate ESPS Álvaro de Bazán.
The frigate and the combat supply ship ESPS Cantabria are part of the NATO Standing Maritime Group 1. In addition to the two Spanish ships, the NATO force is currently composed of the Norwegian corvettes KNM Storm and KNM Steil and the British frigate HMS Iron Duke.
The five ships participated in a small exercise outside Bergen before they arrived in Trondheim. In the coming week, they will participate in exercise Cold Response.
"Our visit to Norway gives us the opportunity to train together with other entities under different weather conditions. There has been some rough sea, but this is a big ship, and we are comfortable with operating under such conditions", says Baro.
The Spanish crew is not jused to the low temperature.
"We are used to 15–25 ℃. For us it is cold to be in Norway, but we haven't had any problems with the cold weather", the Lieutenant says.
Model for the Nansen-class frigates
"What are your expectations for Cold Response?"
"Our goal is to win", Baro smiles.
He explains that the ship, as a part of the exercise scenario, has as a goal to recapture areas that the "enemy" has taken from them.
Álvaro de Bazán is the NATO Standing Maritime Group 1's flagship. The ship was built in 2002 and used as model for the Norwegian Nansen-class frigates that were built in the Spanish shipyard Nevantia in Ferrol in Spain.