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   ** CHANAKYA 51st YEAR ** MEDIA PARTNER EURONAVAL 2020 ** INDIAN AIR FORCE DAY SPECIAL: OCTOBER 2020 ISSUE ** EURONAVAL 2020 NAVY SHOW PREVIEW: Bonus Distribution in Paris **         INDIA’s Leading & Oldest DEFENCE & Aerospace Magazine - 51st Year in Defence Publishing: 46th Year of Monthly Publication       

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Five Rafale Fighters Induction in IAF

The first five Indian Air Force (IAF) 4.5-Generation Rafale Combat Aircraft have arrived at Air Force Station, Ambala. The aircraft got airborne from Dassault Aviation Facility, Mérignac, France on 27th July and reached India on 29th July afternoon with a planned stopover en-route at Al Dhafra Air Base in the UAE.

Five Rafale Fighters in IAF
The Rafale Fleet comprises of three Single-Seater and Two Twin-Seater Rafales. The delivery of 10 a
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Navantia S80 Plus Offered for Indian Navy’s P-75(I) Submarines Project

Amongst the five Global Defence Majors selected by the MoD Committee for the P-75(I) Submarines Project is Navantia of Spain. The two Indian Shipyards for the mega 'Make-in-India' Project are L&T Group and Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. (MDL). Navantia has recently organised more than 100 side meetings and submitted 380 RFIs specific to the P-75(I) Submarine cost items, and targets achieving 500 PTS and nearly 1,500 RFIs within the next 3-4 months.

Navantia S80 Plus Offered for Indian Navy’s P-75(I) Submarines
Navantia is participating in P-75(I) using the basis of the S80 Plus Submarine - the only 3,000 ton
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Indian Air Force Commanders’ Conference 2020: IAF in the Next Decade

The Air Force Commanders’ Conference (AFCC) was conducted from 22nd to 24th July 2020, at Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan) New Delhi. The theme of the Conference was "IAF in the Next Decade". The AFCC was Chaired by the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria.

IAF Commanders’ Conference 2020
The Air Force Commanders’ Conference (AFCC) was conducted from 22nd to 24th July 2020, at Air Headq
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Russia Visit

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed India-Russia Defence Cooperation with Yury Borisov, Deputy Prime Minister of Russian Federation in Moscow on 27th June. Mr Borisov is the Co-Chair of the Inter-Governmental Commission with India on Trade & Economic & Scientific Cooperation. He also Co-Chairs with the Raksha Mantri the High Level Committee on Science & Technology. Their discussions on bilateral cooperation and regional issues were very positive and productive.

Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh Reviews India-Russia Defence Relations
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed India-Russia Defence Cooperation in Moscow. The discussions
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Ejection Seats & Pilot Safety

Collins Aerospace is part of Raytheon Technologies Corporation, which is a leading Aerospace & Defence Company that provides Advanced Systems and Services for Commercial, Military and Government customers worldwide. It comprises four industry-leading businesses - Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense. This feature on “Ejection Seats & Pilot Safety” is contributed by DON BORCHELT, Business Development Director, ACES II/5, Mission Systems, Collins Aerospace, highlights various aspects of Pilot Safety and new developments in Ejection Seats for New-Generation Combat Aircraft.

Ejection Seats & Pilot Safety
Collins Aerospace specialises in Aerostructures, Avionics, Interiors, Mechanical Systems, Mission S
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The Year of Heron TP

The Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron TP is a Multi-Role, Most Advanced, Long-Range Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) for Strategic Missions, equipped with Automatic Taxi Take-Off and Landing Systems (ATOL), Satellite Communication for Extended Range, fully redundant Avionics and much more. The IAI Heron TP UAS was designed as a Multi-Mission Platform to address customers' needs and to perform a variety of Strategic Missions, including Intelligence Gathering, Surveillance,

The Year of Heron TP
Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR), using various Payloads, with a high level of reliabi
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SINGAPORE AIR SHOW 2020 REPORT

The Singapore Air Show 2020 was held at Changi Exhibition Centre from 11th to 16th February 2020, with attendance from high-level Military Delegations including India’s Air Chief, Senior Government Officials and leading industry players, featured exhibitors from over 930 companies from above 45 countries. The Singapore Air Show had major participants in the Civil and Military Flying and Static Aircraft Displays that included: Airbus A400M, Dassault Aviation Falcon Business Jets, Embraer Profit-Hunter Commuter Jet, Gulfstream Aircraft, Textron Aviation Aircraft, RSAF Apache & Chinook, Super Puma, Lockheed Martin’s F-16D & F-22 with Sikorsky’s S-70B, Boeing’s F-15SG & P-8A Poseidon, Bell Boeing MV-22s, Elbit Systems’ Hermes 900 UAS, IAI’s Heron TP UAS, Bell Helicopters, were on display.

SINGAPORE AIR SHOW 2020 REPORT
The Singapore Air Show 2020 was held at Changi Exhibition Centre from 11th to 16th February 2020, w
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WINGS INDIA 2020 SHOW PREVIEW

The Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, jointly with FICCI, organises the 7th Edition of Indian Aviation Show Series, named Wings India 2020 from 12th to 15th March 2020 at Hyderabad’s Begumpet Airport. Wings India 2020 is the largest International Exhibition and Conference for the Civil Aviation Industry in India, with above 15 aircraft on static display and with participation of about 125 companies, including major companies like AAI, Airbus Group, ATR, Boeing, CFM, CSIR, Dassault Aviation Falcon Jets, Embraer, Gulfstream, Honda Jet, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), Maini, NAL, Pawan Hans, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, Saab, Textron Aviation, United Technologies Corporation (UTC), etc.

WINGS INDIA 2020 SHOW PREVIEW
The Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, jointly with FICCI, organises the 7th Edition
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First Indian Air Force Rafale Handed Over

On October 8th, Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, hosted the handover ceremony of the first Indian Air Force Rafale in Mérignac, Dassault Aviation’s Rafale Final Assembly Facility. The event was placed under the high patronage of Rajnath Singh, Minister of Defence of India and Ms. Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces of France.

First Indian Air Force Rafale Handed Over
On October 8th, Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, hosted the h
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1st Rafale Handed Over by France: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says Induction Will Boost India's Air Dominance Exponentially

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that the French-made Rafale Combat Jet will boost India's Air Dominance exponentially, as he was formally handed the delivery of the first of 36 Rafales in France. The induction of Rafale Fighter Jets into the Indian Air Force will give a boost to India's Air Dominance exponentially, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said at the Handing-Over Ceremony of the IAF's Rafale Fighter.

1st Rafale Handed Over by France: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says Induction Will Boost India's Air Dominance Exponentially
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that the French-made Rafale Combat Jet will boost India's Air D
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Thales: A Proud Partner of the Indian Air Force by Emmanuel de Roquefeuil, VP & Country Director, Thales in India

Thales is proud that the IAF has been relying on its high-end Technology Solutions for Combat Aircraft, Air Defence Systems and Sensors, among others to achieve its big ambitions. The Upgrade of Mirage 2000 Fleet is one such example and so is the selection of the Rafale Omni-Role Combat Aircraft by the Indian Air Force.

Thales: A Proud Partner of the Indian Air Force by Emmanuel de Roquefeuil, VP & Country Director, Thales in India
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FUTURE OF COMBAT: SUPPORTING TOMORROW'S AIR WARRIORS By Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce, India and South Asia

Today, more than 750 Rolls-Royce Engines of 10 engine types are powering aircraft of the Indian Military. Rolls-Royce Engines power a wide variety of aircraft in the inventory of the IAF - from Combat and Strike Aircraft (the Jaguar, powered by the Adour Mk811) to Trainers (Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer, powered by Adour Mk871) to Strategic Airlift Aircraft (C-130J Super Hercules, powered by AE 2100), and even VVIP and Surveillance Aircraft (ERJ145, powered by AE 3007).

FUTURE OF COMBAT: SUPPORTING TOMORROW'S AIR WARRIORS By Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce, India and South Asia
Today, more than 750 Rolls-Royce Engines of 10 engine types are powering aircraft of the Indian Mil
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MBDA: A Strong Partner of Indian Air Force

With a strong reputation as a reliable Partner that has supported the Indian Air Force for over 50 years, European Missile company MBDA understands the importance of operational capability and sovereignty to the IAF. MBDA has set up an extensive network of business Partners throughout India. This extensive Indian Supply Chain supports its JV initiatives ready to fulfil ‘Make-in-India’ requirements through its JV with L&T to manufacture Missiles & Components in India. In addition, MBDA continues to work with Indian Public-Sector entities for local Production, Development and Partnership.

MBDA: A Strong Partner of Indian Air Force
With a strong reputation as a reliable Partner that has supported the Indian Air Force for over 50
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Launches Indian Navy's First New P-17A Stealth Frigate INS Nilgiri

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched INS Nilgiri, the first of the Navy's seven new P-17A Stealth Frigates at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Launches Indian Navy's First New P-17A Stealth Frigate INS Nilgiri
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on 28th September launched INS Nilgiri, the first of the Navy's seve
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Witnesses Fire Power of Western Fleet, ‘Day at Sea’ Onboard INS Vikramaditya

During his stay on INS Vikramaditya Aircraft Carrier, the biggest ship of the Indian Navy, Raksha Mantri witnessed a wide range of Naval Operations including Weapon Firing by the Fighter Aircraft and Night Flying Operations by helicopter from the deck of the Aircraft Carrier and Surface Shoots, Missile and Rocket Firings.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Witnesses Fire Power of Western Fleet, ‘Day at Sea’ Onboard INS Vikramaditya
During his stay on INS Vikramaditya, the biggest ship of the Indian Navy, Raksha Mantri witnessed a
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Commissions Indigenously-Built Scorpene Submarine INS Khanderi

On 28th September 2019, INS Khanderi, the second of P75 Scorpene-Class Submarines, was commissioned by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in presence of Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, CMD MDL Commodore Rakesh Anand (IN Retd.) and several other dignitaries. INS Khanderi is totally built by Indian Shipyard Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) through years of Technology Transfer and Partnership with the Naval Group,  in line with Indian Government’s ‘Make-in-India’ Policy.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Commissions Indigenously-Built Scorpene Submarine INS Khanderi
INS Khanderi, the second of P75 Scorpene-Class Submarines, was commissioned by Defence Minister Raj
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IAF & FAF Joint Ops at EXERCISE GARUDA-VI

Exercise Garuda 2019, a bilateral Indo-French Large Force Employment Warfare Exercise was hosted by the French Air Force (FAF) from 1st to 12th July 2019 at Mont-de-Marsan France, was successfully completed with the IAF Contingent landing back in India on 19th July 2019.

IAF & FAF Joint Ops at EXERCISE GARUDA-VI
Exercise Garuda 2019, a bilateral Indo-French Large Force Employment Warfare Exercise was hosted by
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20th Anniversary of Kargil Victory Day

The ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’ celebrations were spread over three days from 25th to 27th July 2019 and were organised at Dras and New Delhi.

20th Anniversary of Kargil Victory Day
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Chaired the Roundtable on 'Make-in-India in Defence Industry' with top Defence & Aerospace Manufacturers at Vigyan Bhawan. The objective of the roundtable was to promote 'Make-in-India' in Defence Sector. It aimed to explore ways to attract investment, address the concerns of the Industry and promote innovations in Defence Sector.

Develop Indigenous Technology for Defence: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Chaired the Roundtable on 'Make-in-India in Defence Industry' with
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh visited Eastern Naval Command Visakhapatnam on 29th June 2019 on a two-day maiden visit to the ENC. On arrival at INS Dega, the Raksha Mantri was received by Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS).

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Visits Eastern Naval Command (ENC) in Visakhapatnam
Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh visited Eastern Naval Command Visakhapatnam on 29th June 2019 on a two-
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Lockheed Martin & Tata Supplier Meet for F-21 Fighter & S-76D Helicopter

Lockheed Martin and Tata hosted a three-day Suppliers Conference in July in New Delhi, where about 30 of Lockheed Martin's Tier 1 Suppliers had the opportunity to meet with over 70 Indian Companies of all sizes to form relationships, assess capabilities, generate Partnerships and further enhance the Government of India's ‘Make-in-India' objectives. Lockheed Martin is looking to expand its Local Suppliers Base in India for their Global Supply Chain in order to fulfill the Offsets Obligations in India, and to increase Indigenous Content of their Offers to Indian Forces, while mainly promoting the new F-21 Fighter for the IAF’s MRFA competition, Sikorsky’s S-76D for the Indian Navy’s NUH, and the MH-60R for the MRH.

Lockheed Martin & Tata Supplier Meet for F-21 Fighter & S-76D Helicopter
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Launch of Fourth Scorpene Class Submarine - VELA

Vela, the fourth Scorpene-Class Submarine being constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited for the Indian Navy, was launched on 6th May 2019, by Mrs Veena Ajay Kumar, wife of Dr. Ajay Kumar, Secretary Defence Production, who was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Vice Admiral A.K. Saxena, CWP&A was also present during the Launching Ceremony.

Launch of Fourth Scorpene Class Submarine - VELA
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Visits Siachen, Reviews Security Situation at Highest Battlefield

In his first visit after taking charge, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited the Siachen Glacier to review the Security situation. The Raksha Mantri paid his tributes to the martyrs at the highest battlefield of the world and interacted with the Soldiers at the Forward Posts.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Visits Siachen, Reviews Security Situation at Highest Battlefield
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Takes Charge of Indian Defence

Rajnath Singh took over the responsibility as the Defence Minister on 1st June 2019. On his arrival at the Ministry of Defence in South Block, Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh was received by the Minister of State for Defence Shripad Yesso Naik, three Services’ Chiefs, Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra, Secretary Defence Production Dr. Ajay Kumar, Secretary DDR&D & Chairman DRDO Dr. G..Satheesh Reddy.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Takes Charge of Indian Defence
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Rolls-Royce in India: Partnering for Future Success by Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce, India and South Asia

India is in the process of replacing 50 percent of its ageing Defence Equipment. It is expected to spend US$ 100-150 Billion on Defence Modernisation programmes by 2022. This presents a huge opportunity for Multinational Companies (MNCs) and Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to leverage India's fast-growing Aerospace and Defence Sectors.

Rolls-Royce in India: Partnering for Future Success by Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce, India and South Asia
India is in the process of replacing 50 percent of its ageing Defence Equipment. It is expected to
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GENERAL ATOMICS - EMS Deepening Ties Via Strategic Initiatives

General Atomics (GA) and its affiliated companies now constitute one of the world's leading resources for High-Technology Systems ranging from Nuclear fuel cycle to Electromagnetic Systems, Remotely Operated Surveillance Aircraft, Airborne Sensors and Advanced Electronics, Wireless & Laser Technologies.

GENERAL ATOMICS - EMS Deepening Ties Via Strategic Initiatives
GA and its affiliated entities manufacture, operate and service state-of-the-art Unmanned Aerial Ve
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MBDA Offers Next-Generation Air Combat Capabilities for the Indian Air Force

MBDA is exhibiting a full range of Missiles and Missile Systems on Stand AB.2.23 designed to provide Next-Generation Air Combat Capabilities, including Air Dominance, Strike and Maritime Engagement, for the Indian Air Force.

MBDA Offers Next-Generation Air Combat Capabilities for the Indian Air Force
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Dassault Aviation Reaffirms Full Commitment to India & Launches New Rafale F4 Standard for France

Dassault Aviation has assured that it will ensure successful production in India through the Dassault Reliance Joint Venture in Nagpur as well as through a full-fledged Supply Chain Network involving already 30 companies with which Dassault Aviation signed contracts, and additional 60 companies currently under discussions.

Dassault Aviation Launches New Rafale F4 Standard for France
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HENSOLDT Leads Sensor Solutions for Defence

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HENSOLDT Leads Sensor Solutions for Defence
HENSOLDT is a pioneer of Technology and Innovation in the field of Defence and Security Electronics
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Indian Army Artillery Inducts K9 Vajra’s & M777s

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Indian Army Artillery Inducts K9 Vajra’s & M777s
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BRAHMOS: World' Best & Fastest Supersonic Precision Strike Weapon

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BRAHMOS: World' Best & Fastest Supersonic Precision Strike Weapon
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‘Optimising Resources’ and ‘Emerging Technologies’ Dominate Navy Commanders’ Conference
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF

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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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Spanish Navy Navantia LHD Juan Carlos I Visits Mumbai
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Successful Firing of BrahMos Air- Launched Missile from Su-30MKI
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Indian Air Force Chief Flies Rafale Fighter In France
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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.