On April 3 2018, EU NAVFOR Spanish Warship SPS Patiño (A14) played host to members of the Tanzanian Navy during a port visit to Dar Es Salaam.
During the visit, the Tanzanian forces had the chance to train with the Spanish crew, who demonstrated advanced techniques in Navigation and Damage control procedures. Working together with international partners to improve maritime capabilities is essential to the continued success of Operation Atalanta, which combats piracy, off the coast of Somalia.
In the navigational exercises, the Tanzanian forces enhanced their understanding of how a Spanish ship like Patiño navigates on the high seas, coastal areas and its use of RADAR and global positioning systems. They were also introduced to navigational chart work to plot courses and record course and direction.
After this, the Tanzanian forces improved their basic skills in damage control exercises. This included firefighting, the use of emergency air supply escape sets and heat detection techniques on faulty electrical equipment. These skills support the development of maritime capabilities in the region, vital to ensure maritime security.
SPS Patiño (A14)
SPS Patiño (A14) is a replenishment oiler of the Spanish Navy. It was named after the Spanish navy minister José Patiño Rosales, who reorganized the fleet on the orders of Philip V of Spain.
The vessel was ordered in 1991 from Navantia and built at their yard in Ferrol, Galicia. The ship entered service with the Spanish Navy in June 1995 and is homeported at Ferrol. Patiño has been deployed with NATO forces around the world, participating in missions in the Kosovo War, the War in Afghanistan along with the European Union’s anti-piracy mission to Somalia.
Patiño is 166 m long with a beam of 22 m and a draught of 8 m. The ship has a full load displacement of 17,319 tonnes. The vessel a maximum speed of 20 knots and a range of 13,450 nautical miles at 20 knots.
The replenishment oiler carries 6,924 tonnes of diesel fuel and has two supply stations, one on each side of the ship for liquids and solids. The ship is also capable of stern refuelling. Patiño carries 1,687 tonnes of aviation fuel and has a 508-tonne capacity for solid stores. The ship has one vertical replenishment supply station and has aircraft maintenance workshops. Patiño is equipped with medical facilities.
Patiño’s weapons system include two Oerlikon 20 mm/90 calibre guns and the vessel is fitted for two Izar FABA Systems Meroka 20 mm/120 calibre close-in weapon system (CIWS).
Patiño is designed to carry up to five helicopters.