EX­CLU­SIVE Na­van­tia is Here (in in­dia) to Re­main

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Neetu Dhu­lia of SP’s Naval Forces had an ex­clu­sive op­por­tu­nity to visit the Frigate F-105 – Cristóbal Colón, vis­it­ing Mum­bai and to in­ter­act with the Com­man­der Ig­na­cio Cuar­tero Lorenzo, Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer, and his team along with Na­van­tia’s Al­berto Gorordo, Gen­eral Man­ager In­dia, and Car­men Gon­za­lez Martin.

Neetu Dhu­lia of SP s Naval Forces had an ex­clu­sive op­por­tu­nity to visit the Frigate F-105 – Cristóbal Colón, vis­it­ing Mum­bai and to in­ter­act with the Com­man­der Ig­na­cio Cuar­tero Lorenzo, Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer, and his team along with na­van­tia s Al­berto Gorordo, Gen­eral Man­ager In­dia, and Car­men Gon­za­lez Martin

It was a per­fect Jan­uary morn­ing with the sun shin­ing brightly on the Mum­bai port and bask­ing in all its glory was the ma­jes­tic Crist—bal Col—n adorn­ing the bal­lard Pier. Com­ing from the house of na­van­tia ship­yard in Fer­rol, frigate F-105 Crist—bal Col—n was com­mis­sioned into span­ish navy on Oc­to­ber 23, 2012, within an en­vi­able short span of two years. The frigate F-105 Cristóbal Colón is the fifth ship of the new class F-l00, with mod­ern de­sign and out­stand­ing mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

she is named af­ter the dis­cov­erer of the new world, fa­mous ad­mi­ral of span­ish navy. Crist—bal Col—n was in Mum­bai on its on­wards jour­ney from Fer­rol, spain, cir­cum­nav­i­gat­ing the world for seven months. The frigate left her base in Fer­rol on Jan­uary 9, 2017, in or­der to take part in a de­ploy­ment with the Royal aus­tralian navy (Ran). Un­der an agree­ment between the two navies, the aegis-equipped frigate will spend 120 days in aus­tralia where it will help train fu­ture aus­tralian ho­bart class de­stroyer sailors of the aus­tralian navy. by in­te­grat­ing into the aus­tralian Navy fleet, Cristóbal Colón will pro­vide ded­i­cated train­ing and fa­mil­iari­sa­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties for the crews of aus­tralian de­stroy­ers ho­bart, bris­bane and syd­ney. Crist—bal Colon will be re­turn­ing to home port on au­gust 4, 2017.

an in­ter­ac­tion with the Com­mand­ing of­fi­cer: Neetu Dhu­lia (Dhu­lia): Frigate F-105 is con­fig­ured for multi-mis­sion roles. Has the ship suc­cess­fully achieved de­signed pa­ram­e­ters? Ig­na­cio Cuar­tero Lorenzo (Com­man­der): The Frigate F-105 is a multi-pur­pose ship with the great ca­pa­bil­i­ties. It is a medi­um­size oceanic es­cort. Com­mand and con­trol of the ship is ex­cep­tional in con­flict sce­nar­ios. The frigate is ca­pa­ble of op­er­at­ing with al­lied fleets, and pro­vid­ing cover when re­quired to ex­pe­di­tionary forces.

Crist—bal Col—n is ca­pa­ble of op­er­at­ing in coastal and blue wa­ters depend­ing on the con­flict sit­u­a­tion. It boasts of a high anti-air ca­pa­bil­ity.

The aegis Com­bat sys­tem, with its SPY-1D radar, per­mits threat de­tec­tion in dif­fi­cult en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions, those are char­ac­ter­is­tic of coastal wa­ters, pro­vid­ing the nec­es­sary fire­power to coun­ter­act them. The ship de­sign re­duces her elec­tro­mag­netic, in­frared and acous­tic sig­na­tures.

The ship also has an em­barked he­li­copter (LaMPs Mk-III) with mod­ern sen­sors and weapons that can de­tect and at­tack sur­face and sub­ma­rine ships when the ships weapons are out of reach. Dhu­lia: Crist—bal Col—n is headed to Aus­tralia post her maiden visit to In­dia. Please share de­tails on her de­ploy­ment to Aus­tralia. Com­man­der: F-105 will spend four months in Aus­tralia from Fe­braury to June 2017. The Crist—bal Col—n de­ploy­ment to aus- tralia will pro­vide both the Royal aus­tralian navy (Ran) and ar­mada with unique train­ing and ca­pa­bil­ity as­sess­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties. aims of the Crist—bal Col—n de­ploy­ment are to en­hance in­ter­op­er­abil­ity between the ar­mada and Ran pro­vid­ing col­lec­tive train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for se­lected Ran per­son­nel that will serve in the ho­bart Class DDG.

This de­ploy­ment will pro­vide col­lec­tive train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for both par­tic­i­pants, through in­ter­ac­tion between Crist—bal Col—n and Ran ships and he­li­copters, as well as by jointly tak­ing part in na­tional and in­ter­na­tional ex­er­cises where mu­tu­ally de­ter­mined.

This mis­sion en­ables ar­mada to eval­u­ate Crist—bal Col—n s range of ca­pa­bil­i­ties, in­clud­ing lo­gis­tic and main­te­nance sup­port mech­a­nisms for the ship dur­ing an ex­tended pe­riod of high op­er­a­tional tempo de­ployed at an ex­tended range from Spain. Last but not the least, it aug­ments de­vel­op­ing strate­gic part­ner­ship between the Ran and span­ish ar­mada.

Dhu­lia: Please throw some light on re­la­tion­ship between Span­ish Navy and Na­van­tia. Com­man­der:

Re­gard­ing the ship­build­ing, this ship is fi­nal prod­uct of part­ner­ship between the span­ish navy and the com­pany Ñ na­van­tia and it isn t just the prod­uct, re­sul­tant from a cou­ple of years hard work. we date back three cen­turies to­gether. There is an ex­pe­ri­ence of 300 years between us and we have man­aged to com­bine our ex­pe­ri­ence in defin­ing con­cepts for new ships and Na­van­tia’s ex­pe­ri­ence in build­ing ships, for ex­am­ple, they now build ships in parts where ev­ery­thing is put inside each block be­fore putting all to­gether. Once they put all the blocks to­gether the ship is al­most ready and we only have to put peo­ple inside and some spare parts, some liq­uids and the ship starts run­ning.

This is the suc­cess of na­van­tia in build­ing ships and is the suc­cess of ar­mada in work­ing with them. na­van­tia is thor­ough in their con­cepts, the ship­yard is al­ways in­ter­act­ing with us and they pro­duce what we need. Dhu­lia: F-105 Frigate Crist—bal Col—n was com­mis­sioned into Span­ish Navy in a short span of two years. How this was made pos­si­ble? Com­man­der: There is a per­ma­nent in­ter-

Cristóbal Colón is ca­pa­ble of op­er­at­ing in coastal and blue wa­ters depend­ing on the con­flict sit­u­a­tion. It boasts of a high anti-air ca­pa­bil­ity.

ac­tion with the ship­yard Ñ na­van­tia and us and in fact we were born to­gether more than 200 years ago and in our his­tory we have been get­ting apart and com­ing to­gether again, we have al­ways pro­gressed in the same di­rec­tion. The way na­van­tia con­structs ships is very dif­fer­ent and pro­gres­sive. The process for the build­ing and com­mis­sion­ing the ship is very short. Tra­di­tion­ally the time frame needed to have a ship at sea is between 10 and 15 years, and the strate­gic sit­u­a­tion changes in 15 years, so the shorter you make it, the bet­ter you are. F-105 Frigate Crist—bal Col—n was launched in 2010 was com­mis­sioned in 2012 and early in 2014 was de­ployed for the first time to the Indian Ocean to take part in the counter-piracy op­er­a­tion Ocean shield and the counter-ter­ror­ist op­er­a­tion ac­tive en­deav­our in the Mediter­ranean sea.

Dhu­lia: What are the spe­cial char­ac­ter­is­tics of F-105 Frigate Crist—bal Col—n? Com­man­der:

She has ex­cel­lent skills to be safely de­ployed in all kinds of sit­u­a­tions. The frigate is a very valu­able tool at the ser­vice of the span­ish Govern­ment for­eign pol­icy, not only tak­ing part in con­ven­tional op­er­a­tions, but also in peace­keep­ing and hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sions, im­po­si­tion of Un res­o­lu­tions, etc. she has state-of-the-art sys­tems which are highly in­ter­op­er­a­ble. ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy re­duces the re­quire­ment of man­power; this ship runs with a very pro­fes­sional crew of 180 peo­ple, whereas sim­i­lar size ships re­quire around 400 peo­ple. Crist—bal Col—n ranks amongst the top war­ships and is able to per­form any anti-war­fare role. Mr. Gorordo and Ms. Martin from na­van­tia can elab­o­rate more.

A. Gorordo: The method­ol­ogy we are fol­low­ing for long time is to work closely to­gether with the navy. we nom­i­nate experts from Na­van­tia to work with the navy, we go through the fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies, and they are in sync with the Com­man­ders and navy's re­quire­ments. Of course, very rightly put by the Com­man­der that we are liv­ing to­gether since cen­turies. na­van­tia today is on the duty of navies of the world. A very good ex­am­ple is what we are do­ing in In­dia now is more or less the same what we did in aus­tralia in the be­gin­ning. The scope has widened, na­van­tia is work­ing on part­ner­ship ba­sis with Larsen & Toubro (L&T) for the Land­ing Plat­form docks (LPD), an im­por­tant pro­gram with your navy here. we are start­ing in a low pro­file role with this and we don’t pre­tend to be big­gest from the on­set. The ar­range­ments between us is that we will be sup­port­ing L&T in this pro­gramme as and when it is awarded to L&T. In the con­text of ‘Make in In­dia’, our ex­pe­ri­ence in spain was more or less sim­i­lar. we started in the 1970s and this process took 30 to 40 years. when we went ahead we were sup­ported by the United states and then in the 1990s we were able to go ahead our­selves. There is no way you can reach to fi­nal point from scratch, on your own, it is a pro­gres­sive and col­lab­o­ra­tive work.

C.G. Martin: I only want to add that we are very proud of the F-105. The Com­man­der spoke about the aegis Com­bat sys­tem, this is part of na­van­tia in fact, many of the sys­tems on­board are span­ish and from the house of na­van­tia. na­van­tia sis­temas is in charge of this in­te­gra­tion and work­ing on sys­tems. also, that the mar­ket is ask­ing for trans­fer of tech­nol­ogy (ToT) and na­van­tia has long ex­pe­ri­ence in ToTs in case of LPD. we have built two Lsds (Land­ing ship docks) for the navy with spe­cial model of agree­ment of ToT and now we are also build­ing one Lsd, LPD in Turkey and this is be­ing built in the Turk­ish ship­yard.

PHO­TO­GRAPH: Na­van­tia

Cristóbal Colón

Neetu Dhu­lia with Com­man­der Ig­na­cio Cuar­tero Lorenzo (sec­ond from the right) and Al­berto Gorordo (first from the right)

(L-R) Ship’s Of­fi­cer, Car­men Martin, Neetu Dhu­lia, Com­man­der Lorenzo and Al­berto Gorordo on board Cristóbal Colón

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