Spanish ship ESPS Cantabria in Goa
After spending a year in Australia, the Spanish combat supply ship ESPS Cantabria arrived at Mormugao Port, Goa, on November 26. This port visit to India is the ship’s second stop on its journey back to Spain after 10 days from the port of Jakarta in Indonesia.
Since its departure from Ferrol Port in Spain on January 3, 2013, until its expected arrival in Spain on December 21, the ESPS Cantabria in its about a year-long deployment in Australia, has worked handin-hand with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The aim of was to reinforce and increase the mutual relation of trust and support as well as enhance interoperability between both navies.
On November 26, Indian Navy officials visited the ESPS Cantabria followed by representatives of the Spanish Defence Industry (Navantia & Indra). On November 27 the Ambassador of Spain, Gustavo de Aristegui, visited the ship. A reception hosted by the Ambassador of Spain also took place onboard the ship and was attended by Rear Admiral B.S. Parhar. The ESPS Cantabria finally departed Mormugao Port on the morning of November 28 to continue its journey back to Ferrol Port in Spain. Its last stop before heading back home is expected to be at the Turkish Port of Aksaz.
Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division launched Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) into the James River for the first time in November. The first-of-class aircraft carrier was moved to the shipyard’s Pier 3, where it will undergo additional outfitting and testing for the next 28 months.
Gerald R. Ford has been under construction in Dry Dock 12 since November 2009 and was moved about one mile south to the shipyard’s Pier 3 with the assistance of six tugboats. The ship will be moored at Pier 3 to complete outfitting and testing. Habitability spaces, such as berthing and mess areas, will be completed, and distributive, mechanical and combat systems, such as catapults and radar arrays, will be tested. The ship is scheduled for delivery to the US Navy in 2016.