Spanish frigate Almirante Juan de Borbón has arrived at HM Naval Base Clyde in Faslane, Scotland.

The vessel serves as the flagship of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1).

The Almirante Juan de Borbón is equipped with advanced AEGIS combat systems and is designed for a range of operations, including air defence and anti-submarine warfare. It is the flagship of SNMG1.

Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) is a multinational, integrated maritime force made up of vessels from various allied countries. It is part of NATO’s Immediate Reaction Forces and is tasked with maintaining high readiness to respond to a wide range of maritime operations, from deterrence and defense to crisis management.

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Quentin D63
Quentin D63 (@guest_821744)
1 month ago

I asked this a while back but I can’t remember the reply. Does the UK have any naval base or facilities in around Edinburgh? Its position would have a more immediate access to North Sea and Eastern sea flanks than from Devonport, Portsmouth or Faslane. Often thought it would be a good place for a small diesel sub squadron, patrol frigates, UUVs and able to take bigger ships and visits from other NATO countries when required.

Heidfirst
Heidfirst (@guest_821747)
1 month ago
Reply to  Quentin D63

HMS Caledonia & DM Crombie?

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli (@guest_821917)
1 month ago
Reply to  Heidfirst

Correct. Reading Caledonia scheduled to close though.

Stuart Philip
Stuart Philip (@guest_822439)
1 month ago
Reply to  Heidfirst

HMS Caledonia is a stone frigate.

Ron
Ron (@guest_821762)
1 month ago
Reply to  Quentin D63

Diesel subs used to sail from Dundee and I used to sail out of Dundee on Archer and Helmsdale. Your point is a valid one, one of the better bases that was and in some ways still is, is the Naval Base at Invergorgon, massive fuel tanks that were in use until the 1990s. Not 100% sure but I think the QE carrier stopped there when she was on trials and had a prop issue. The Moray Firth where Invergorgon is would make a good training ground for the RN especially if we had some SSKs and ASW Patrol Firgates/Corvettes.

Quentin D63
Quentin D63 (@guest_821779)
1 month ago
Reply to  Ron

Hi Ron, thanks for your reply and your experience. Good to know something is still there to be used. Instant access to the North Sea and would save on transit time and fuel use from the other three main ports and good for dispersion of RN
fleet operations and having additional base facilities.

David Knight
David Knight (@guest_822227)
1 month ago
Reply to  Quentin D63

There would be NO defences if the SNP get their wish of independence!

Frank62
Frank62 (@guest_822624)
1 month ago
Reply to  Quentin D63

Rosyth, just across & up the Firth a bit.

Roger
Roger (@guest_821916)
1 month ago

Does Rosyth have any base facilities?

Dave
Dave (@guest_822012)
1 month ago

Why did they send us a frigate, was it to humiliate us as none of ours seems able to work for long enough to travel that far?

Mr Bell
Mr Bell (@guest_822451)
1 month ago
Reply to  Dave

except we have frigates in the Red sea at this precise moment in time, which is a good bit further than a Spanish frigate sailing upto Scotland.

Dave
Dave (@guest_822520)
1 month ago
Reply to  Mr Bell

That is what, our only seaworthy destroyer?

Marked
Marked (@guest_822045)
1 month ago

Good looking ship that 👍

Mr Bell
Mr Bell (@guest_822450)
1 month ago

Good looking compact AEGIS warships, design copied by Norway and Australia for their representative frigate/ destroyer programmes.

Trevor G
Trevor G (@guest_822799)
1 month ago

Have they come to claim Dumbarton Rock?

I’ll get my coat…