The Spanish frigate Cristóbal Colón sets sail to Australia
1/9/2017
The frigate Cristóbal Colón has just set sail this Monday, January 9, from its base in Ferrol (La Coruña) to Australia, where it will stay 120 days to participate in the naval maneuvers «Ocean Explorer», «Sea Explorer» and «Sea Raider "which will take place along the east and west coasts of Australia.
 
This long-term deployment is part of the agreement between the Spanish Navy and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), whose objective is to enhance interoperability between the two Armed Forces and provide individual training to the crew on board the "Christopher Columbus" frigate that will serve in the Australian anti-aircraft destroyers (AWD) of the "Hobart" class, a program led by Navantia.
 
This deployment will provide opportunities for collective training for both countries through interaction between the Spanish Navy and Royal Australian Navy ships and aircrafts and will include participation in exercises led by the Australian Navy as well as other international naval exercises. During the seven months of deployment, the vessel's capabilities will be assessed, including logistical and maintenance support mechanisms over a long period of high operationality at a great distance from the National Territory.
 
The "Cristóbal Colón" frigate is scheduled to return to its base in Ferrol at the beginning of August 2017. As early as 2013, the Spanish Navy sent in a similar deployment to the supply vessel “Cantabria”, which remained more than 8 months in Australia.

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