ESPS Cantabria returns to sea

Published on Lt (ESPN) Indalecio Núñez (photographer)

Location(s): Garden Island, Sydney

Members of ESPS Cantabria conduct programmed maintenance while alongside Garden Island in Sydney. Cantabria has been successfully operating as part of the Royal Australian Fleet since February. Her deployment is augmenting RAN capability. (photo: Lt (ESPN) Indalecio Núñez)
Members of ESPS Cantabria conduct programmed maintenance while alongside Garden Island in Sydney. Cantabria has been successfully operating as part of the Royal Australian Fleet since February. Her deployment is augmenting RAN capability.

Members of ESPS Cantabria work at the Replenishment at Sea (RAS) stations while alongside at Garden Island, Sydney.   Cantabria has been successfully operating as part of the Royal Australian Fleet since February. Her deployment is augmenting RAN capability.

Members of ESPS Cantabria work at the Replenishment at Sea (RAS) stations while alongside at Garden Island, Sydney. Cantabria has been successfully operating as part of the Royal Australian Fleet since February. Her deployment is augmenting RAN capability.

After an intense period of training and programmed maintenance alongside Garden Island, Sydney, the Spanish Combat Supply Ship ESPS Cantabria has returned to sea to carry out individual and collective training in the East Australian Exercise Area.

Cantabria was berthed alongside Sydney for close to a month. During this period, essential maintenance and part of her ship’s company of 144 was rotated.

The sea time will give Cantabria’s new shipmates a chance to integrate into the crew, while the ship conducts exercises with HMA Ships Perth, Melbourne and Sirius in coming weeks.

Cantabria has been successfully operating as part of the Australian Fleet since February. Her deployment is augmenting Royal Australian Navy capability, while providing an opportunity for the Spanish Armada to trial the ships new systems and equipment and taking part in mutually beneficial training.