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Deployment in Australia

The Minister of Defense visits the frigate ‘Cristóbal Colón’ in Australia.
The frigate is deployed in that country under a cooperation agreement between Australia and Spain.
Monday, June 05, 2017

Last Sunday the F-100 frigate ‘Cristóbal Colón’, currently deployed in Australia, welcomed the Spanish Minister of Defense María Dolores de Cospedal. She was greeted by the Chief of the Navy Staff, admiral general Teodoro López Calderón. The ship then set sail for a day at sea in Sydney Harbor.

The ship’s Commanding Officer explained the capabilities and activities conducted during the stay in Australia. The Minister was later toured around the frigate visiting the Combat Information Center (CIC), the platform control system, the bridge, the sick bay and the engine room. She subsequently addressed the crew and signed in the ship’s Guest Book.

This long deployment (four months in Australia, plus three months of transit to and from that country) is framed within a project agreement between the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the Spanish Navy for the use of ships, units and other capabilities of one participant in support of deployments, missions and activities requested by the other participant.

The purpose of this specific deployment is to provide training for the crews of the new Australian ‘Hobart’-class anti-air warfare destroyers (AWD), similar to our modern F-100 AEGIS-equipped frigates.

The ‘Cristóbal Colón’ left her home port in Ferrol (NW Spain) on January 9th and is scheduled to return by the end of August circumnavigating the globe.

So far, the F-105 has visited the ports of Jeddah, Bombay, Singapore, Rockingham, Freemantle, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns and Darwin.

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