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   CHANAKYA 50th YEAR ** INDIAN ARMY DAY SPECIAL ISSUE: 15 JANUARY 2019 ** IDEX 2019 MEDIA PARTNER: SPECIAL IDEX 2019 TRI-SERVICES SHOW PREVIEW ** NAVDEX 2019 MEDIA PARTNER: NAVAL SHOW PREVIEW ** AERO INDIA 2019 AIR SHOW PREVIEW SPECIAL COLLECTORS' ISSUE: 15 FEBRUARY 2019 & AERO INDIA SHOW DAILY SUPPLEMENTS ** MEDIA PARTNER LIMA 2019: MARITIME & AEROSPACE SHOW PREVIEW: 15 MARCH 2019 **         INDIA’s Leading & Oldest DEFENCE & Aerospace Magazine - 50th Year in Defence Publishing:45th Year of Monthly Publication       

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Indian Army Artillery Inducts K9 Vajra’s & M777s

Marking a major milestone towards capacity building and capability enhancement of the Indian Army, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, dedicated the globally combat proven M777 A2 Ultra Light Howitzers, K9 Vajra-Tracked Self-Propelled Guns and 6x6 Filed Artillery Tractors to the service of the Nation.

Indian Army Artillery Inducts K9 Vajra’s & M777s
Marking a major milestone towards capacity building and capability enhancement of the Indian Army,
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BRAHMOS: World' Best & Fastest Supersonic Precision Strike Weapon

BrahMos Aerospace, the Indo-Russian Joint Venture is now ready and capable to fulfil export requirements, if the Government decides, while serving the Indian Army, Indian Navy & Indian Air Force requirements, which should see larger numbers of Missiles ordered in the future.

BRAHMOS: World' Best & Fastest Supersonic Precision Strike Weapon
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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Visits Dassault Aviation in France

India’s Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited France on October 11th-12th, 2018 for the first India-France Ministerial level Annual Defence Dialogue with her French counterpart, the Minister for the Armed Forces, Ms. Florence Parly.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Visits Dassault Aviation in France
India’s Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited France on October 11th-12th, 2018 for the first
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EURONAVAL 2018 SHOW REPORT

EURONAVAL 2018, the International Naval Defence and Maritime Safety and Security Exhibition  was held from 23rd to 26th October 2018 at Le Bourget in Paris.

EURONAVAL 2018 SHOW REPORT
EURONAVAL 2018, the International Naval Defence and Maritime Safety and Security Exhibition was he
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INDO DEFENCE 2018 JAKARTA SHOW REPORT

Indonesia’s 8th Premier International Tri-Services Defence Expo & Forum – Indo Defence 2018, was  held concurrently with Indo Aerospace 2018 - the 6th International Aviation, Aircraft & Airport Technology Show, Indo Helicopter 2018 and Indo Marine 2018, from 7th to 10th November 2018 in Jakarta.

INDO DEFENCE 2018 JAKARTA SHOW REPORT
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EDEX 2018 TRI-SERVICES DEFENCE SHOW PREVIEW

Egypt’s First International Tri-Services Defence Show will take place from 3rd to 5th December 2018 at Egypt International Exhibition Centre, New Cairo, featuring over 18 International Pavilions from US, UK, France, Germany, UAE, Saudi Arabia, India, etc.

EDEX 2018 TRI-SERVICES DEFENCE SHOW PREVIEW
Egypt’s First International Tri-Services Defence Show will take place from 3rd to 5th December 2018
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‘Optimising Resources’ and ‘Emerging Technologies’ Dominate Navy Commanders’ Conference

The second edition of the three day Navy Commanders’ Conference of 2018 held from 31st October to 2nd November 2018, had top Commanders of the Indian Navy deliberate on the themes of ‘Optimisation’ and ‘Emerging Technologies’.

‘Optimising Resources’ and ‘Emerging Technologies’ Dominate Navy Commanders’ Conference
The second edition of the three day Navy Commanders’ Conference of 2018 held from 31st October to 2
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EURONAVAL 2018 SHOW PREVIEW

EURONAVAL 2018, the International Naval Defence and Maritime Safety and Security Exhibition  will be held from 23rd to 26th October 2018 at Le Bourget in Paris. In its 26th Edition, completing 50 Years.

EURONAVAL 2018 SHOW PREVIEW
EURONAVAL 2018, the International Naval Defence and Maritime Safety and Security Exhibition will b
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SPECIAL REPORT: INDIAN AIR FORCE 86th ANNIVERSARY

The Indian Air Force celebrated its 86th Anniversary on 8th October 2018. The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal B. S. Dhanoa addressed the IAF Day’s Annual Press Conference, covering some of IAF’s acquisitions and upgrade projects, including the Rafale and MMRCA 2.0 Fighters, S-400 Air Defence Missile Systems, etc.

SPECIAL REPORT: INDIAN AIR FORCE 86th ANNIVERSARY
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF

Indian Air Force is going through a Transformation process acquiring state-of-the-art platforms and systems, and through Upgrades, to boost India’s Air Power Dominance capabilities, with Su-30MKIs, Upgraded Mirage 2000s & Jaguars, Rafale MMRCAs, LCA Tejas enhancements, C-17s, C-130Js, Do-228s, Avro replacement with C295W MTAs, ALH Rudra, Light Combat Helicopters (LCHs), Mi-17V5s, Chinook Heavy-Lift & Apache Longbow Attack Helicopters taking test-flights, AEW&Cs/AWACS, FRA, more Trainers, etc.
 

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF
with Su-30MKIs, Upgraded Mirage 2000s & Jaguars, Rafale MMRCAs, FGFA, LCA Tejas, C-17s, C-130Js, Do
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FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW SPECIAL REPORT

The biennial Farnborough International Air Show 2018 was held from 16th to 22nd July 2018 at the Farnborough Aerospace Centre Hampshire Airfield in UK, with participation from most of the major Commercial and Defence Aerospace & Aviation manufacturers.

FARNBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW 2018: SPECIAL REPORT
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NAVAL SHOW REPORT: SEA FUTURE 2018

SEA FUTURE 2018 was held from 19th to 23rd June 2018 at the La Spezia Navy Base of Italian Navy with above 180 companies attending from Peru to India, over 40 High Rank Navies Delegations from around  the world visited.

NAVAL SHOW REPORT: SEA FUTURE 2018
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Indian Navy Ships Off Guam, USA, Participate in Ex-Malabar 2018

Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri, Shakti and Kamorta of the Eastern Fleet under the Command of Rear Admiral Dinesh K. Tripathi, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet were on an overseas deployment to South East Asia and the Western Pacific, arrived at Guam on 7th June 2018 to participate in the 22nd Edition of Exercise Malabar, off Guam, USA from 7th to 16th June 2018.

Indian Navy Ships Off Guam, USA, Participate in Ex-Malabar 2018
Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri, Shakti and Kamorta of the Eastern Fleet were on an overseas deployment
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EUROSATORY 2018 SHOW REPORT

Eurosatory 2018, the Exhibition for Land Systems, Air-Land Defence and Homeland Security, was  held from 11th to 15th June 2018 at Paris Villepinte. Major Companies participated at this exhibition displaying their Equipment and Systems and also conducted live indoor and outdoor demonstrations. 1,802 exhibitors from 63 Nations participated, with 39 National Pavilions.

EUROSATORY 2018 SHOW REPORT
Eurosatory 2018, the Exhibition for Land Systems, Air-Land Defence and Homeland Security, was held
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FARNBOROUGH 2018 AIR SHOW PREVIEW

The biennial Farnborough International Air Show 2018 will be held from 16th to 22nd July 2018 at the Farnborough Aerospace Centre Hampshire Airfield in UK, having participation from most of the major Commercial and Defence Aerospace & Aviation manufacturers. Farnborough 2018 has above 1,500 Exhibitors from 52 Countries participating, with 29 International Country Pavilions.

FARNBOROUGH 2018 AIR SHOW PREVIEW
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Spanish Navy Navantia LHD Juan Carlos I Visits Mumbai

Navantia Juan Carlos I, the 27,000-tonne Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) of the Spanish Navy came calling at Mumbai from 2nd to 6th June 2018. As part of the select group of journalists that were invited to see the LHD and its multitude of capabilities, one can conclude that the capability that this Vessel would bring to the Indian Navy’s Air Power & Amphibious Operations would be manifold

Spanish Navy Navantia LHD Juan Carlos I Visits Mumbai
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Defence MinisIAF Commanders’ Conference 2018

The First Biannual IAF Commanders' Conference of 2018 was inaugurated on 31st May 2018 by the Defence Minister (Raksha Mantri) at Air Headquarters Vayu Bhawan.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Inaugurates IAF Commanders’ Conference 2018
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EUROSATORY 2018 SHOW PREVIEW

Eurosatory 2018, the Exhibition for Land Systems, Air-Land Defence and Homeland Security, will be  held from 9th to 15th June 2018 at Paris Villepinte. Major Companies participate at this exhibition displaying their Equipment and Systems and also conduct live indoor and outdoor demonstrations. Eurosatory presents strategic trends, technological developments and innovations in Future Defence.

EUROSATORY 2018 SHOW PREVIEW
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NAVAL SHOW PREVIEW: SEA FUTURE 2018

SEA FUTURE 2018 will be held from 19th to 23rd June, 2018 at La Spezia Navy Base of Italian Navy with above 140 companies attending, from Peru to India, 37 High Rank Navies Delegations from all over the world expected to visit, with about 1,500 B2B meetings and 4 Days of Conferences and Seminars .

NAVAL SHOW PREVIEW: SEA FUTURE 2018
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Joint Exercise Gagan Shakti 2018

The Indian Air Force conducted the Pan-India Exercise Gagan Shakti 2018 from 8th to 22nd April 2018. The aim of the exercise was real-time coordination, deployment and employment of Air Power in a short and intense battle scenario.

IAF’s Largest Joint Exercise Gagan Shakti 2018
The Indian Air Force conducted the Pan-India Exercise Gagan Shakti 2018 from 8th to 22nd April 2018
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ILA 2018 SHOW REPORT

The ILA 2018 Berlin Air Show, an exhibition for the Aerospace Industry, was held at Schonefeld Airport Berlin ExpoCenter from 25th to 29th April 2018 with above 1,100 exhibitors from about 41 countries participating, with France being the ‘Partner Country’ this year.

ILA 2018 BERLIN AIR SHOW REPORT
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DSA 2018 SHOW REPORT

The 16th Defence Services Asia 2018 was held from 16th to 19th April 2018 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, this time incorporating NATSEC Asia 2018, focussed on Internal Security as well. The DSA Series has gone from strength to strength and is the largest Tri-Services Defence Show in Asia, which again this time attracted about 1,500 exhibitors from about 60 countries, including 30 International Group Pavilions.

DSA 2018 SHOW REPORT
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DEFEXPO INDIA 2018 SHOW REPORT

Defexpo India 2018, the Tenth in the Series of biennial Land, Naval & Internal Homeland Security Systems Exhibitions, was held at Thiruvidanthai in Kanchipuram, near Chennai, Tamil Nadu, from 11th to 14th April 2018.

DEFEXPO 2018 SHOW REPORT
Defexpo India 2018, the Tenth in the Series of biennial Land, Naval & Internal Homeland Security Sy
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Raksha Mantri Visits Forward Army & Air Force Bases in Assam & Arunachal Pradesh

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited the Forward Army Posts in Arunachal Pradesh and Air Force Base in Eastern Assam. The visit to the Forward Army & Air Force Bases followed her visits to Bomdilla and Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh.

Raksha Mantri Visits Forward Army & Air Force Bases in Assam & Arunachal Pradesh
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited the Forward Army Posts in Arunachal Pradesh and Air For
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Defence Minister Visits CVRDE

The Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman made her maiden visit to Combat Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE), Avadi, Chennai. The RM was taken to various Technology Centres by Director, CVRDE to witness the products and systems/technologies developed by CVRDE.

Defence Minister Visits CVRDE
The Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman made her maiden visit to Combat Vehicles Research & Developmen
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DRDO Conducts Successful Flight Trial of Nirbhay Sub-Sonic Long-Range Cruise Missile

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) achieved yet another feat on 7th November with the successful test flight of NIRBHAY - India’s first indigenously designed and developed Long-Range Sub-Sonic Cruise Missile, which can be deployed from multiple platforms.

DRDO Conducts Successful Flight Trial of Nirbhay Sub-Sonic Long-Range Cruise Missile
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) achieved yet another feat on 7th November with
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Successful Firing of BrahMos Air- Launched Missile from Su-30MKI

IAF successfully fired the BrahMos Air Version Anti-Ship Missile from its Frontline Su-30MKI Fighter aircraft off the Eastern Coast. The Air-Launched BrahMos Missile is a 2.5 ton Supersonic Air-to-Surface Cruise Missile with ranges of more than 400 kms.

Successful Firing of BrahMos Air- Launched Missile from Su-30MKI
IAF successfully fired the BrahMos Air Version Anti-Ship Missile from its Frontline Su-30MKI Fighte
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DEFENSE & SECURITY 2017 SHOW REPORT

Defense & Security 2017, the Tri-Services Asian Defence & Security Exhibition & Conference was  held from 6th to 9th November 2017 at IMPACT Exhibition Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, which has positioned itself as a major event in the ASEAN Region. Defense & Security 2017 featured over 400 companies exhibiting from about 50 countries.

DEFENSE & SECURITY 2017 SHOW REPORT
Defense & Security 2017, the Tri-Services Asian Defence & Security Exhibition & Conference was hel
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF

Indian Air Force is going through a Transformation process acquiring state-of-the-art platforms and systems, and through Upgrades, to boost India’s Air Power Dominance capabilities.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF: “IAF is Progressing Well on a Capability Driven Modernisation Plan”
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DUBAI AIR SHOW REPORT

The 15th Dubai Air Show 2017 was held at DWC Dubai from 12th to 16th November 2017. The Dubai Air Show had 159 Aircraft displayed, with above 1,200 exhibitors from about 60 countries.

DUBAI AIR SHOW REPORT
The 15th Dubai Air Show 2017 was held at DWC Dubai from 12th to 16th November 2017. The Dubai Air S
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Next-Generation Rafale Fighters For IAF in 2019

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Next-Generation Rafale Fighters For IAF in 2019
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Airbus Helicopters Offers Complete Know-how for Indian Helicopter Programmes

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A select group of Indian journalists were invited to Marignane in France to witness the handing ove
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INS KALVARI SCORPENE-CLASS SUBMARINE COMMISSIONED INTO INDIAN NAVY

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi commissioned INS Kalvari (S-21), the first of the six Scorpene-Class Submarines built under Project 75 (Kalvari-Class) into the Indian Navy at an impressive ceremony recently held at Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

INS KALVARI SCORPENE-CLASS SUBMARINE COMMISSIONED INTO INDIAN NAVY
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67 YEARS: INDIAN NAVY SPECIAL REPORT

The year 2017 has witnessed significant capability accretion through induction of a number of state-of-the-art Combat Platforms into the Indian Navy, including the 3rd Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Corvette INS Kiltan, which has about 80% indigenous content, the Water Jet Fast Attack Craft and Fast Interceptor Craft, Landing Craft Utility Ships, etc.

67 YEARS: INDIAN NAVY SPECIAL REPORT
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INTERVIEW IGNS, INDIAN NAVY

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“P-75(I) RFP Targeted for Mid-2018” - Vice Admiral Srikant, IGNS Indian Navy
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: NAVY CHIEF

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Indian Air Force Chief Flies Rafale Fighter In France

The Rafale Combat Aircraft will come with various India-specific modifications including Israeli Helmet Mounted Displays, Radar Warning Receivers and Low-Band Jammers, most importantly .

Indian Air Force Chief Flies Rafale Fighter In France
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: T. Suvarna Raju, Chairman & Managing Director, HAL

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“It is Planned to Complete the Order for 40 LCA Mk.1 by 2019-20”

 

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“We Offer Unique Capabilities”
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INTERVIEW

LOIC PIEDAVACHE, MBDA COUNTRY HEAD, INDIA

“We Have Followed ‘Make-in-India’ Policy for Many Years”
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“French Know-How Recognised in all Fields: Land, Sea, Air & Space”
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ESPS “Cantabria” OPR Visits Goa


ESPS Cantabria OPR (A15) is a replenishment vessel operated by the Spanish Navy. Acquired to provide logistical support for the Spanish fleet, Cantabria was commissioned in 2010. Cantabria is the second-largest Naval Ship currently operated by the Spanish Navy, behind the LHD Juan Carlos 1. The Indian Navy has a future programme - the FSS or Fleet Support Ship for which Navantia has partnered with L&T to answer the RFI. ESPS Cantabria (A15) is 20,000 dwt, but the Indian Navy’s requirement is a 40,000 dwt capacity. The operations, missions are exactly the same as that of the Cantabria, only the size and capacity are different as put out in the RFI.

Jose Luis Montes, General Manager of Navantia in India, spoke with Chanakya on the ship’s Goa visit. Jose said, “The condition of the vessel was spectacular. She was delivered 3 years ago by a shipyard in Spain. For the first year of her life she was under the validation and certification process, so really she has been in operation for two years. She departed from Spain on 3rd January 2013 arriving in Australia on 20th February, and has been sailing ever since. Despite that she was in a fantastic state as was observed by the Indian Navy personnel who came to visit her in Goa.”

“The Indian Navy staff onboard were delighted with the quality and high standard of the vessel and equipment installed. They were very impressed with the Integrated Platform Management Systems that have been developed by Navantia in-house. A part of our company designs, builds and integrates Platform Management Systems. The Indian Navy officials were very impacted by the performance of this system. L&T are our partners, programme by programme, and we are partnering on the LPD and the FSS,” he elaborated. The other contenders for the FSS are Fincantieri, DCNS and a Korean Shipyard.

Speaking on the requirement of a Fleet Support Ship, Jose Luis said, “These vessels assume a lot of importance especially when you have a big fleet, which needs support. You cannot sail for many days unless you have this kind of vessel otherwise the operations become very very limited. Cantabria is much more than a tanker. If we talk of war missions, not humanitarian missions, it provides all types of solids ranging from ammunition, spares, food - fresh and frozen fuel, JP-5, water and can have Projection Forces living in the vessel. The Crew is normally 144. It can take in more Projection Forces that live in containers that are designed specially for these troops. They had onboard some examples of these containers offering very high standards of living. The container is plug and play, which means it is put onboard the deck and connected and you have all the supplies like electricity, water, air conditioning. You can have Projection Forces and during humanitarian missions, you can house displaced people in these containers and provide a home for the homeless. It has a big hospital for operation facilities during disasters they can give immediate attention to the sick. Another hospital can also be deployed on land in order to take care of people affected”, he explained.

The relationship developed over the recent years between the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the Spanish Armada has allowed developing new initiatives to span the scope of the cooperation between both Navies. In this regard, the Statement of Intent signed on the 3rd July last year, between the Chiefs of the RAN and the Armada, Admiral General Rebollo set the framework to develop a project arrangement to allow the mutual support of each other’s capabilities for deployments and operational activities. The RAN showed interest in Cantabria and requested the to deploy it to Australia to support various operational activities.

This deployment seeks to increase the logistic capabilities by providing Afloat Support to the RAN during domestic and international training and exercises involving RAN ships. Enhance interoperability between the Armada and RAN. Provide collective training opportunities for both the Armada and RAN. Provide instruction and training for the Australian Navy personnel in the systems onboard Cantabria, which share commonalities with the new Australian ships (LHD and AWD), by the Personnel Exchange Programme (PEP). Provide individual training and experiential opportunities for Armada personnel through the PEP arrangement between RAN units and Cantabria. Evaluate the capabilities of the ship in order to provide the RAN with the information that could help to make a decision about the future auxiliary support vessels for the Australian Navy. Allow the Spanish Armada to test the capabilities of the ship in an extended deployment far away.

On January 3rd, 2013 the Combat Supply Ship Cantabria left La Graña Naval Port for a one year deployment to Australia. In order to prepare for the long deployment, Cantabria conducted a work up period testing her capabilities in the waters around Ferrol. The ship made the voyage to the Rota Naval Base, situated in Cadiz, where she was subjected to a rigorous certification process to ensure her systems and equipment were functioning optimally.

Cantabria arrived in Melbourne, Australia, on 13th February in order to participate in the naming ceremony to commemorate a new era in RAN history with the induction of the LHD class flagship, HMAS “Canberra”. On the 20th of February, Cantabria navigated her way to Garden Island Naval Base where she had been based for the last nine months, whilst on deployment with the Royal Australian Navy.

In order to conduct such a lengthy deployment, ESPS Cantabria had brought with her a crew of 145 men and women that have specialist training to meet the supply and replenishment capability of the ship. All up there are 21 Officers (include the Commanding Officer), 24 Senior Sailors and 99 Junior Sailors.

Apart from the crew, a different number of RAN Officers and Sailors have embarked onboard to get some important training on Cantabria´s modern systems. While onboard, the RAN contingent has always participated in all facets of life onboard and integrated effortlessly with the Armada Crew.

The deployment has been a unique and successful initiative which has achieved important training and capability assessment outcomes for both the Armada and RAN. Since her departure from Ferrol, ten months ago, Cantabria has sailed more than 34,200 miles in over 167 days at sea. The ship has contributed to the training and support of the mayor fleet units of the RAN and other international warships taking part in multinational exercises like “Talisman Saber 13” and “Triton Centenary 13”. In her replenishment role, Cantabria has completed a total of 61 Replenishment at Sea (RAS). Furthermore, the ship also played an important part in “The International Fleet Review” which celebrated the 100 Year Anniversary of the Royal Australian Navy. Finally, as a result of the Personnel Exchange Programme (PIP), there has been more than 340 RAN embarked onboard conducting training and familiarisation of the platform and engineering systems During the deployment, Cantabria has enjoyed the opportunity to visit the Australian ports of Melbourne, Adelaide, Darwin and Cairns. During this last port visit Cantabria had the immense privilege to participate alongside other Australian Defence units in the ANZAC day ceremony and celebrations. Other noteworthy events include the SHOL testing for 808 Squadron’s MRH 90 and 723 Squadron’s AS350B. The embarkation of 723 SQN signifies the first time that an RAN squadron has embarked on a foreign vessel.

Cantabria had its keel laid on July 18th 2007, two years after being ordered and was launched on the July 21st 2008 in Navantia’s Shipyards in Cádiz. The ship was built in Navantia’s shipyard in Puerto Real (Cádiz), being the first time a ship of this size is built for the Spanish Navy by any shipbuilder different than the old Bazan Shipbuilding Company.

“Cantabria” was delivered to the Spanish Navy on July 29th 2010 at Rota Naval Base, in a ceremony chaired by the Admiral Chief of Staff of the Navy, Admiral General Manuel Rebollo.

MISSION & CAPABILITIES

Cantabria’s mission is to provide operational logistic support to any Naval Task Group, (Amphibious Task Group, Transport Group or Landing Force) to ensure sustainability of the Naval Force through time. This logistic endurance and support allows the Navy to operate in any part of the world where its presence may be required. It can also provide its logistic support capabilities to non-combat operations such as environmental protection activities or delivering humanitarian aid.

For the humanitarian aid role, she has a fully equipped hospital with eight beds, a state-of-the-art operating room rigged with video conference (VTC) assisted medicine, an x-ray room, a dentist consultation room, a sterilisation lab and a gas treatment center. Regarding environmental protection, the ship is able to receive liquid fuels from ships specialised in environmental hazards protection, transport and disseminate dispersing anti-contamination agents, as well as transport and deploy a quick deployment inflatable oceanic protection barrier (up to 200m in length under 15 minutes).

The design of the ship responds to the concept of a High Value Unit (HVU), counting on the protection of frigates and other escort ships to ensure its survivability and safety, while sailing in high threat environments. Cantabria’s modern Combat System, called SCOMBA, fully developed and tested in Spain, allows its smooth integration in a Naval Task Force, while its Integrated Platform Control System (SICP), also a product of Spain’s R&D, provides a high degree of automatisation making the crew required to operate the ship more reduced.

It is designed to operate anywhere in the world with the exception of Arctic waters, although its common areas of operation are Spain’s sovereign water spaces, the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans, the Mediterranean sea, Latin America, the Sub-Sahara African coast and the Middle East.

Cantabria is equipped with five replenishment stations, (two on each side and one astern). Fuel and liquids may be transferred with any of the five stations. Solids can only be transferred using the stations on both sides. The ship is stable enough to carry out replenishments up to and including sea state 5. It also has a large flight deck and a hangar which allows operation of medium and heavy helicopters. The flight deck is equipped with visual landing aids for day and night flight operations including night vision goggles operations.

Cantabria is an environmentally friendly ship, or Green Ship, compliant with all MARPOL and SOLAS international requirements, having been certified during its construction by Lloyd's Register Group, being this the first time a Spanish Navy ship is certified by this agency. Cantabria is double-hulled, has a residual waters treatment plant, an oil water separator and a trash processing plant.

SPS Cantabria (A15) is a replenishment vessel operated by the Spanish Navy. Acquired to provide logistical support for the Spanish fleet, Cantabria was commissined in 2010. Cantabria is the second-largest naval ship currently operated by the Spanish, behind the LHD Juan Carlos 1.