Cristobal Colon arrives in Sydney

March 24, 2017 –   HMA Ships Darwin, Melbourne and Parramatta have escorted the Spanish Armada’s Cristobal Colon into Sydney Harbour as part of her role in providing platform and familiarization training to Australian personnel. Over the next three months the ship will assist in enabling Australian Navy people to have advance training for Australia’s first Aegis Guided Missile Destroyer, Hobart. Commanding Officer Hobart Captain John Stavridis said the opportunity to embark in Cristobal Colon presented an opportunity for the Royal Australian Navy to prepare Hobart and the Navy for the…

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Training to Fight – Navies Exercise off West Coast

February 27, 2017 – More than 17 ships and aircraft are descending on the Western Australian coast for one of the largest maritime warfare exercises held by the Royal Australian Navy. The inaugural Exercise Ocean Explorer will include international participants, adding the opportunity to practice war fighting with language, customs and technology differences. SPS Cristobal Colon, New Zealand’s HMNZS Te Kaha and Endeavour and, for a brief period, Italian frigate ITS Caribiniere will all integrate into the Australian scenarios. Exercise Director, Captain Jim Hutton said the activity aimed to train…

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Cristóbal Colón arrives in Australia

February 19, 2017 – The most modern escort ship of the Spanish Navy arrived today to Australia to join the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) for a period of four months, with the aim of collaborating in the training of the endowments of its new destroyers of the class “Hobart.” The frigate ‘Cristóbal Colón’ left its base in Ferrol on January 9 and after forty-two days of transit, has arrived in the morning today to the West Base of the RAN, near the city of Perth. During its transit to Australia, the…

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Armada ship sailing for Australian waters

January 23, 2017 – Commanding Officer SPS Cristóbal Colón, Commander Ignacio Cuartero Lorenzo welcomes the Royal Australian Navy Detachment onboard. L-R LSCIS Tim Lawler, CPOMT Shane Smith, LEUT Chris Thornton, POMT Ben Smith, LCDR Ben Wellfare and CMDR Ignacio Cuartero. (photographer unknown) Commanding Officer SPS Cristóbal Colón, Commander Ignacio Cuartero Lorenzo welcomes the Royal Australian Navy Detachment onboard. L-R LSCIS Tim Lawler, CPOMT Shane Smith, LEUT Chris Thornton, POMT Ben Smith, LCDR Ben Wellfare and CMDR Ignacio Cuartero. On a frosty and unseasonably sunny Galician morning, the crew of Spanish…

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