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    Begin sea trials of the frigate F-105 Cristóbal Colón


    Madrid - The state-owned Navantia began sea trials today the frigate F-105 "Cristóbal Colón", which will last five days and aim to verify the correct operation of the platform of the ship, as reported by the company .


    This includes testing phase, namely, the verification of switching elements, propulsion and navigation: anchors, rescue boats, bow thruster, water generation, propulsion engines, diesel generators, reduction gears, rudders, stabilizing fins, gates, gyro, radar and communications.


    Also, it will proceed with the verification of compliance with the requirements allocated in speed, maneuverability and fuel consumption.


    In addition, they will perform operational checks of the AEGIS Combat System and integration with the various subsystems of navigation: radar, communications, guns, fire control, command and control.


    The tests are being developed with the presence on board of more than 250 people, including Navantia workers, members of the Spanish Armada, auxiliary industry personnel and technical equipment of the vessel.


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    Also expected to attend Australian personnel as part of the training provided within the program Navantia three destroyers for this country, whose design is based on the F-105.


    Navantia recalls has contracted ship design, technology transfer and technical assistance, and Fene-Ferrol shipyard is building blocks of these destroyers complex, once completed, will be sent to Australia for final assembly.


    The frigate Columbus will conduct a second phase of sea trials with the Spanish Armada next June, to proceed with delivery in summer, as scheduled.

    http://www.infodefensa.com/?noticia=...ristobal-colon



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    The first miles of sailing of the frigate "Cristóbal Colón" in the Gulf of the Artabros. May the "Virgen del Carmen" protect their voyages and their crewmen.



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    Tuesday 13 March at 17:15, the Regional Maritime Rescue Coordination de Tenerife (Tenerife CCS) requested the SAR Coordination Centre (RCC Islands) a Squadron 802 helicopter (SAR), to proceed to evacuate a passenger in the Italian flag cruise "Costa Mediterranea". The patient, an 71 years old Italian, showed clinical signs of acute pancreatitis.


    Once confirmed the need for the aeroevacuación, and given the great distance, the cruise sailed to Canary Islands and the mission was planned using a Fokker-27 aircraft and a helicopter Superpuma the 802 Squadron.
    02:30 hours on the morning of March 14 the helicopter took off from Gando Air Base (Gran Canaria), heading to the airport on the island of El Hierro to refuel. The plane took off at approximately 04:30 hours and after locating the vessel about 530 miles of El Hierro, directed the helicopter to the ship where at 07:45 hours the patient was embarked with the assistance of rescuers.


    Due to the distance that the cruise was at the time of the evacuation, the need was foreseen that the helicopter had to land again at the airport of El Hierro to refuel, where he would be waiting again the Fokker-27 aircraft to proceed to transfer the patient more quickly to Tenerife North airport. However, the helicopter flight had sufficient autonomy to go directly to the airport "Los Rodeos" (Tenerife North), where an ambulance of the Canary Emergency Service (SUC) was waiting and moved to the University Hospital in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

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    [*******#333333]First miles of sailing of Patrol "Meteoro" in the Gulf of Cadiz. May the "Virgen del Carmen" protect their voyages and their crewmen.

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    The Flying Dutchman playing the game of chicken with frigate SPS 'Álvaro de Bazán'


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    [*******#888888][FONT=arial][*******#333333]Prince Philip visits troops deployed in Operation Atalanta

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    The frigate SPS 'Reina Sofia' has left this morning the Rota Naval Base to start his first participation in Operation Atalanta to combat piracy in the Indian Ocean.
    Once there, she will relieve the combat supply ship SPS 'Patiño', which acts as command ship of European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) since last December, and will be displayed next to another ship the Navy, the patrol SPS 'Infanta Elena'.
    Her mission is part of the commitment made by Spain, under the flag of the European Union, to maintain security in the Gulf of Aden and Somalia by protecting merchant traffic and fishing vessels fishing in those waters.
    She embarks 225 people, belonging to the ship's own, Protective Equipment and Marine air unit shipped (UNAEMB). The latter unit also contributes with two SH60B helicopters, aircraft that has shown great versatility in locating vessels engaged in piracy.
    The Admiral of the Fleet, Admiral Santiago Bolibar Piñeiro, presided over the farewell ceremony of the ship.

    http://www.armada.mde.es/ArmadaPorta...ion=selectItem






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    His Royal Highness Prince Felipe visited last 21th to Spanish soldiers and sailors deployed in Operation Atalanta, who thanked his "dedication and professionalism" to contribute to "success" of this mission.
    Accompanied by Defence Minister Peter Morenés, and the Chief of Defense Staff, Admiral General Fernando Garcia Sanchez, Prince of Asturias has moved to arrival in Djibouti to the Air Force detachment 'Orion', which has seen the work done by 50 personnel involved in maritime surveillance.
    Later, Don Felipe has been taken by helicopter to the SPS 'Patiño', which currently holds the command of the naval force of the European Union operation to combat piracy. Aboard ship, the Prince has sent on behalf of itself and of His Majesty the King, "the greatest gratitude and recognition for their work, service to Spain and the spirit and values that show in their work".
    http://www.defensa.gob.es/gabinete/n..._atalanta.html




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    The frigate SPS 'Alvaro de Bazan ', part of the First Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG-1), has conducted exercises in the Mediterranean with the Battle Group of the aircraft carrier USS 'Enterprise'.
    The meeting between the two groups allowed the ten ships practice together at sea. The frigate 'Alvaro de Bazan' conducted war exercises and anti-aircraft surface to air assets provided by the US aircraft carrier.
    Finally, the Spanish ship was fuel in the US oil Sea 'Supply', which provided 270,000 liters of fuel in about 30 minutes.
    The frigate 'Alvaro de Bazan' is integrated from the 18th of March in SNMG-1 ships with FGS Rheinland Pfalz, HMCS Charlottetown and HNLMS De Ruyter. The fleet participates in Operation Active Endeavour to combat terrorism in the Mediterranean.


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    Perhaps the first Eurofighter Typhoon (C.16-51) in the 14th Wing (Los Llanos, Albacete) of the 'Ejército del Aire'.



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    The frigate SPS 'Méndez Núñez' left its base at Ferrol on 17 March to participate in the SIRIO-12 Air Force exercices.
    This year is the most important of spanish armed forces whose aim is to achieve air superiority in our air space, to prevent their use to a potential enemy. In this framework is particularly relevant use of the AEGIS combat system of the frigate, which makes it an invaluable tool in this type of operation.
    For this, she was deployed from 20 to 22 March south of the Balearic Islands and in the Alboran Sea. During this period was fully integrated into the Air Defense System and worked with the Air Operations Center Air Force in maintaining a complete presence at the national airspace through the detection, classification and identification of contacts.
    During simulated hostile attack she was able to fight against fighter jets F-18 and Harrier AV-8B PLUS, acting as enemies that threatened the country.
    This navigation also allowed collaborations with the Coast Artillery Regiment nº 4 during the passage of the Straits of Gibraltar and with the HNLMS 'Van Amstel' in back transit.








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    [*******#000000][FONT=verdana]The 46th Wing, the Air Combat Command (MACOM), and the Public Affairs Office of the Spanish Air Force are organizing a spotter's day on April the 24th (*), in order to offer professional and amateur photographers, who love aviation, the opportunity to see and take pictures of all the combat aircraft that are taking part in the Dissimilar Air Combar Training Campaign (DACT) 2012 that is going to be held at Gando Air Base (Gran Canaria, Canary Islands).[/FONT]
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    [FONT=verdana]Those photographers wishing to attend must send an email to:
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    [FONT=verdana]Writing in the subject: Spotters Day DACT 2012[/FONT]
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    [FONT=verdana]And including the following information: [/FONT]
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    [FONT=verdana]-Any other information related to your activities as a spotter.[/FONT]
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    [/COLOR][FONT=verdana][*******#000000]It must be taken into account that the number of registrations is limited, the last day to submit your registration is 10th April.[/COLOR]

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    [/FONT][*******#000000]The aircraft participating in this exercise include French Air Force Mirage- 2000C , Spanish Air Force EF-18, Eurofighter Typhoon and Mirage F-1, Spanish Navy AV-8B Harrier II and a NATO AWACS E-3 Sentry.
    The DACT (Dissimilar Air Combat Training) Campaign is developed and coordinated by the Spanish Air Force combat Comand. The main goal of this exercice is the advanced training of fighter pilots in air combat tactics by using mock up air combats with dissimilar fighter.

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    The combat supply ship SPS 'Patiño', participating in Operation Atalanta European Union in the Indian Ocean, has made a non-cooperative aproach to a 'dhow' identified as "Yemeni-39 ', one of the boats included in the list of 'dhows' suspected of piracy-related and usually operating in the southern Arabian Sea.
    The aproach occurred after the 'Patiño' conducted an overnight hidden course, once there were strong indications that the 'Yemeni-39' had participated in the attack on the merchant ship 'Blue Diamond'.
    In the registration of the ship has located 16 people and have found two assault rifles AK-47, two RPG grenades launchers with its load projection and a pistol.
    Later, the suspects and confiscated material were transported aboard the ship 'Patiño'. Following a medical examination of occupants and verify their good health, captain and mechanic of the 'dhow', both of Yemeni nationality, will be delivered to the authorities in Yemen to the north of the island of Socotra. The other occupants, all of Somali origin, will be landed on the northern coast of Somalia.


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