On November 30, the S-81 submarine, “Isaac Peral”, has been delivered to the Submarine Flotilla at the Cartagena Arsenal, the first submarine of the S-80 class, built by Navantia in the Cartagena shipyard. The delivery has been a moment of pride for the Navy in general and for the people who make up the Submarine Arm in particular. It is an essential moment in the recent history of the Navy and the defense industry.
The event, attended by numerous civil and military authorities, was chaired by the Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, accompanied by the Admiral Chief of Staff of the Navy, Admiral General Antonio Piñeiro Sánchez.
During the event, the document handing over the submarine was signed, from Navantia to the Ministry of Defense and from the latter to the Navy. Next, the Commander of the Submarine Flotilla gave command of the submarine to Lieutenant Commander Manuel Corral Iranzo. Subsequently, the Flag was delivered to the submarine, and after the crew embarked, the flag was raised for the first time on board. After the Navy anthem was played, the Force took its place for the parade. At its conclusion, the family photo was taken with the crew of the submarine S-81 “Isaac Peral”, ending the delivery ceremony.
The delivery of the S-81 represents an essential moment in the recent history of the Navy and at the same time a moment of pride for the entire institution and for the people who make up the Submarine Arm in particular. It is an essential moment in the recent history of the Navy and the defense industry.
The Submarine Weapon has a long and extensive experience of more than 100 years in the operation of submarines, and the S-80 program guarantees the continuity of the Navy’s Submarine Weapon.
The crew has carried out a rigorous training, training and certification process throughout the sea trial process that allows them to know the platform in depth, so that the submarine can be operated safely, both on the surface and submerged. . The keel crew has exceeded 1,500 simulator hours before beginning sea trials.
The S-80 Program represents a substantial technological leap compared to its predecessor, the S-70, since it will have an Integrated Platform Control System and a Combat System that, at the same time, will allow it to increase its degree of automation, significantly reduce the number of people needed to operate the submarine. This project has been the greatest challenge for Spanish shipbuilding to date.
In this way, with the delivery of the S-81 submarine, “Isaac Peral”, the Navy incorporates a new unit demonstrating that it has the necessary resources to maintain and update the capabilities of a technologically advanced, balanced and expeditionary Naval Force. capable of facing present and future challenges with guarantees, and effectively fulfilling its mission. Investing in the Navy translates into security, well-being and prosperity for Spaniards, in addition to being a boost for the Spanish economy due to its contribution to national industry, technological innovation, research and the creation of highly qualified employment.