Frigate ‘Cristóbal Colón’ (F-105) arrived in Australia last February 19th to integrate into the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) for four months in order to collaborate with the training of the crews of the new ‘Hobart’-class destroyers. The ship docked in the port of Fremantle alongside HMAS ‘Adelaide’ getting ready to participate in the forthcoming exercise ‘Ocean Explorer 17’.
During the port call, the F-105 welcomed the Spanish Ambassador to Australia Mr. Manuel Cacho, who was toured around the frigate and attended a briefing on the ship’s capabilities in the combat Information center (CIC). On February 25th a group of representatives from Australian naval companies embarked to learn of the ship’s main features, while the crew visited the historical center of Fremantle and the city of Perth.
‘Ocean Explorer 17’
This two-week exercise started on the 27th in western Australian waters with naval, land and air units from Australia, New Zeeland, the US and Spain, in a complex scenario with participation of a CJTF (Combined Joint Task Force).
It will be the first of many other exercises where the ‘Cristóbal Colón’ will participate to enhance the strategic association and interoperability between the Spanish Navy and the RAN, while providing a most valuable operational training for the crews of the new AWD (‘Hobart’-class). To this end, around 40 Australian servicemen have embarked on the Spanish frigate to get acquainted with the ship’s systems and equipment.
Apart from Fremantle, the F-105 is scheduled to visit the ports of Adelaide, Sidney, Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville.
Training Cruises on board the ‘Juan Sebastián de Elcano’ contribute to the nautical, military, social and human instruction of midshipmen from the Marin Naval Academy
The offshore patrol vessel (OPV) ‘Vigía’ set sail from Puntales Naval Station (Cadiz) to conduct a series of activities in Africa as part of the Defense Diplomacy Plan and a follow-on of the Africa Partnership Station (APS) initiative
The auxiliary oiler and replenishment ship (AOR) ‘Patiño’ is to integrate into the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG-2) for two months
F-100 frigate ‘Méndez Núñez’ left her home port in Ferrol (NW Spain) towards the Mediterranean Sea to integrate into the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG-2)
Frigate ‘Reina Sofía’ (F-84) set sail to integrate into the Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG-1) as part of this rapid reaction force deployed in Atlantic waters
The amphibious assault ship ‘Galicia’ set sail from Rota Naval Base to take part, as flagship, in the European Union counter-piracy Operation ‘Atalanta’ in the Indian Ocean
Frigate ‘Canarias’ (F-86), departed Rota Naval Base to integrate into EUNAVFOR’s mission ‘SOPHIA’ to help stop human trafficking in the central Mediterranean Sea.
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’.
The oceanographic research ship ‘Hespérides’ has started the 22nd Antarctic Campaign in support of the Spanish science.