As of January 9th 2017, the F-100 frigate ‘Cristóbal Colón’ will deploy in Australia for 120 days.
This assignment is framed within a ‘Project Agreement between the Spanish Navy and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) on the employment of ships, units and other capabilities of one of the two Services in support of deployments, missions and activities requested by the other Service’.
The purpose is to enhance the interoperability between the Spanish Navy and the RAN, and to provide training to the crews of the Spanish-designed ‘Hobart’-class anti-air destroyers on board the AEGIS-equipped frigate ‘Cristóbal Colón’.
This deployment will provide joint training opportunities with the interaction of the Spanish warship with RAN naval units and aircraft. The F-105 is scheduled to participate in national and international exercises.
In the course of the seven-month deployment, all the ship’s capabilities will be put to the test including logistic support and maintenance mechanisms for such an extended mission in a highly operational and faraway scenario.
It is an important contribution to our national industry, since the Spanish Navy is providing a very valuable platform to a foreign client as a follow-up of the shipbuilding endeavors.
Additionally, the deployment will also serve to carry out several diplomatic activities with other regional nations. The ‘Cristóbal Colón’ will visit the following ports: Jeddah, Bombay, Singapore, Perth, Fremantle, Sidney, Brisbane, Cairns, Papeete, Callao and Cartagena de Indias before returning back to her home port in Ferrol at the beginning of August.