Spain has decided to cancel the remainder of a near year-long series of exercises planned for one of its F-100 frigates with the US Navy’s (USN’s) Carrier Strike Group 12, led by the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln .
Méndez Núñez (F-104) had already withdrawn temporarily from the fleet after the rest of the US warships it was accompanying were ordered to the Gulf in mid-May in a stand-off with Iran.
It initially sailed for the Indian port of Mumbai with acting defence minister Margarita Robles saying that the frigate might temporarily join the European Union’s Operation ‘Atalanta’ anti-piracy flotilla off Somalia.
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