Span­ish ship ESPS Cantabria in Goa

SP's MAI - - MILITARY UPDATES -

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.

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