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The Minister of Defence, Margarita Robles, has ordered the temporary withdrawal of the Spanish frigate Méndez Núñez (F-104), with 215 sailors on board, from the combat group led by the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.
The acting Spanish government has ordered the “temporary measure of withdrawal of the frigate Méndez Núñez (F-104) from the combat group of the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln while it is in the Middle East,” sources from the Defence Ministry told the digital edition of El País.
“The frigate is on a mission of circumnavigation and will not enter into any other type of mission,” the Ministry sources revealed, cited by the El Mundo news website, after noting the recent escalation of tensions between the United States and Iran. The decision to remove the frigate with 215 sailors on board was taken by Robles in Brussels, during the meeting of European Union defence ministers that took place on May 13.