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Deployment in Australia

Frigate ‘Cristóbal Colón’ (F-105) visits the port of Fremantle (Australia)
This deployment is intended to team up with the new Australian ‘Hobart’-class destroyers
Tuesday, February 28, 2017


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.

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