The Pentagon gives for good, for the moment, the explanations of the government of Spain that the withdrawal of the frigate Spanish Méndez Núñez of the battle group 12 of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln due to technical reasons and leave any policy response in the hands of the security council in the White House who is, furthermore, who requested the dispatch of that vessel and who accompanied him to the Persian gulf to contain the threat of Iran.
As said yesterday, a spokesman for the Pentagon to ABC’s “the military relationship between the U.S. and Spain is strong and close, and remains as always”. For its part, the Security Council, the White House refused to comment on the sending of the frigate Spanish to Bombay (India) to vote from there, the 214 crew members. A spokesman for the department of State forwarded to the Pentagon for any valuation.
A spokesman for the Fifth Fleet of the us Navy, to which belongs the USS Lincoln, said to ABC that “any question regarding the participation of the frigate Méndez Núñez in the battle group 12 should refer to the minister of Defense of Spanish”. These sources added, in an email, that they value the strong military cooperation with Spain.
According to the data provided by the Navy at the request of ABC, the fragata Spanish crossed the Suez canal with the rest of the battle group, but it took off from the rest of the ships to cross as the Red sea. Now you are directed to the coasts of India. A Spanish delegation, with a member of the Congress of Deputies of visiting Washington on other matters, told ABC on Wednesday that it has received a certain surprise by the sudden withdrawal of Spanish, despite the explanations given by the Defence minister, Margarita Robles.
Given the fact that the 7 may a delegation of the NATO, with Spanish soldiers, visited the USS Lincoln in the waters of the Ionian sea. The Pentagon organized visit to familiarize its members with this type of aircraft carrier and to show the takeoff and landing of airplanes from its deck.
“The cooperation with our partners is vital. The ability to work together improved significantly our capabilities and is the best power of deterrence that we have,” he said at the end of the visit, rear admiral John Wade, group de combat 12, on which was built the Méndez Núñez. This frigate Spanish yes participated in the exercises without registering any technical problem. The major american media, as the newspaper “The Washington Post”, have identified the decision Spanish as part of the reprisals european by the rupture on the part of Donald Trump of the nuclear agreement in Iran.Translated from ABC News https://www.abc.es/espana/abci-pentagono-emplaza-casa-blanca-para-responder-desplante-fragata-mendez-nunez-201905160155_noticia.html