Integrated into the Maritime Operational Command (MOM), under operational control of the Operations Command (MOPS), the high altitude patrol ship ?? Sentinel ?? (P-72) will conduct one of the armed forces’ permanent missions in the Strait of Gibraltar. During the navigation there will be a collaboration with an AB-212 helicopter belonging to the third squadron of the aircraft flotilla (FLOAN) based in Rota to improve its flight capacity and interoperability with aircraft in flight operations.
There is also further collaboration with the Coastal Artillery Regiment (RACTA) No. 4 of the Army stationed in San Fernando to improve the surveillance and control of the maritime area of national sovereignty in the Strait of Gibraltar. The Maritime Operational Command (MOM) is the organ of the operational structure of the armed forces, which reports to the Chief of Defense Staff (JEMAD) and is responsible for the planning, implementation and monitoring of the surveillance and security operations of the maritime sovereignty and responsibility areas and national interest .
A number of units and forces are operationally dependent on the MOM and can be expanded depending on the situation. These units and armed forces are not exclusively organic for the Navy, but also include other units of the Army and Air Force. The commander of the Maritime Operational Command is the Admiral for Maritime Action (ALMART).
Permanent operations are the most effective tool for maintaining knowledge of areas of sovereignty over time, detecting threats early, and enabling an immediate and viable response to a crisis. The operational commands Land (MOT), Maritime (MOM) and Aerospace (MOA) as well as the Joint Cyberspace Command (MCCE) form the structure of the permanent commands.
These commands dedicate around 1,200 soldiers daily to these operations in order to gain a good knowledge of the environment and at the same time to ensure an immediate response to any incidents that occur 365 days a year in order to guarantee the safety of all Spaniards.
Patrolman ?? Sentinel ??
The “Sentinel” with the number P-72 is the second patrol car of the “Serviola” class. and has a parking space in Ferrol (La Coruña). His current main tasks include the implementation of surveillance and security measures for the maritime environment in areas of national sovereignty. It also works with other public organizations to help them control maritime traffic, monitor fisheries, and search and rescue shipwrecked people.
The patrol ship “Sentinela”, which is commanded by Lieutenant Commander Miguel Ángel Pereira Martínez, has a staff of 7 officers, 10 NCOs, 29 soldiers of the troop and seaman scales and a security team of 1 NCO and 6 members of the rank of chief of troops and seamen . The ship was built in the Navantia shipyards in Ferrol and delivered to the Navy in September 1991.
Photo: The patrol boat ‘Sentinel’ with an AB-112 on deck
The ‘Sentinel’ conducts fire fighting training
Limited water navigation training
Source for text and photos: Staff of Defense.
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