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The Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, visits Ferrol Naval Station.
The visits took place in a moment of intense collaboration between the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the Spanish Navy.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

On June 13th, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, Commander Australian Fleet visited Ferrol Naval Station (NW Spain).

He was welcomed by Vice Admiral Francisco Javier Romero, Chief of the Naval Station, and later attended a briefing on the base’s capabilities to provide the necessary support and maintenance to the combat systems of the F-100 frigates. The five F-100 AEGIS-equipped units (31st Escort Squadron) are all homeported in Ferrol.

Collaboration between the RAN and the Spanish Navy

There is currently an intense collaboration process between both naval services. This cooperation begun in 2013 when the Spanish Navy auxiliary oiler and replenishment ship ‘Cantabria’ deployed for nearly a year in Australia.

This deployment was an opportunity to increase the interoperability with a non-NATO navy and enhance training between both navies. And all this without additional cost, or a decrease in the operational capabilities of the Spanish Navy.

As a result of the excellent results obtained, and as of February of this year, the F-105 ‘Cristóbal Colón’ is now deployed in Australia for four months, integrated into the RAN to help train the future crews of the ‘Hobart’-class AWD destroyers.

The Chief of the Australian Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett visited Spain last April and also went to Ferrol Naval Station.

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