Australian frigate visits Spain

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Des Paroz (author), LSIS Paul McCallum (photographer)

Location(s): Ferrol, Spain

HMAS Anzac prepares to berth at the Navy base in Ferrol, Spain. (photo: LSIS Paul McCallum)
HMAS Anzac prepares to berth at the Navy base in Ferrol, Spain.

The Royal Australian Navy’s helicopter frigate HMAS Anzac has arrived in Ferrol, as part of her NORTHERN TRIDENT 2015 deployment.

Anzac departed Sydney in March and has transited the Southern Ocean, Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, Suez Canal, the Mediterranean Sea and most recently the North Atlantic en route to Ferrol.

During the five month deployment, the ship has represented Australia at commemorative events in the Sea of Marmara, Cape Helles, Gallipoli, Italy, Malta and France.

Anzac’s visit to Ferrol will provide an important opportunity to demonstrate to the Spanish Armada the increased sensor and weapons capabilities provided by her recent Anti-Ship Missile Defence upgrade, which is built around an Australian design by CEA Technologies.

Together with the Australian Embassy in Madrid, Anzac will co-host an official reception, and the ship will also exercise with the Spanish Armada following the visit.

HMAS Anzac's sunset guard fire a volley of blank cartridges as part of a ceremonial sunset held onboard, while the ship is visiting Ferrol, Spain.

HMAS Anzac's sunset guard fire a volley of blank cartridges as part of a ceremonial sunset held onboard, while the ship is visiting Ferrol, Spain.

Anzac’s Commanding Officer Commander Belinda Wood described the significance of the visit.

“In recent years the relationship between the Spanish Armada and the Royal Australian Navy has become very close,” Commander Wood said.

“Many of the Australian Navy’s new platforms, including our Canberra class amphibious assault ships, and the Hobart class air warfare destroyers are based on Spanish ships designed by Navantia.

“This visit will provide an opportunity for Anzac’s crew to become familiar with the systems that we may be using into the future.”

Imagery of the deployment and this visit is available at http://images.defence.gov.au/S20150611.