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"Cantabria" en el Indico con "Méndez Núñez"
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"Cantabria" en la Operación Puente
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The Fleet Replenishment Ship "CANTABRIA" entered service in July 2010. The ship was built by Navantia Shipyards in Puerto Real. She is a state-of-the-arts logistic unit with the latest equipment and sensors. The Spanish Navy has proven its great expertise in this type of missions in the different international scenarios where the Navy took part with its other logistic ships: the fleet oiler "MARQUÉS DE LA ENSENADA" and the combat replenishment ship "PATIÑO".

These modern sensors and equipment allow the ship to sail anywhere except in Arctic waters, although her normal area of operation will be territorial waters, the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, South America, the Middle East, Western Africa and the Indian Ocean

AORH "Cantabria" (A-15)
DISPLACEMENT 19,550 tons
LENGTH 174 meters
BEAM 23 meters
PROPULSION 2 Diesel engines (10,890 HP each). Max speed. 21.3 knots and max sustained speed of 20 knots. Range: 6,000 nm at 13/14 knots.
1 fore propeller for transversal thrust in restricted areas.
SPEED 21,3 nudos
AIRCRAFT Hangar for 2 heavy (SH-3D) or 3 light helicopters.
CREW 154
WEAPONS 6 SRBOC Mk-36 Chaff Launchers SRBOC MK3
Two 20 mm OERLIKON heavy machineguns
Four 12.7 mm BROWNING medium machineguns
Two MG-42 light machineguns
SENSORS 2 radars: ARIES SAAS-NAV for surface search.
Radar Aries SAAS-SCH for helicopter control. An IFF CIT-25D transponder system.
RIGEL ESM system: a passive countermeasures system capable of detecting LPI radars, connected to 6 chaff launchers
DIANA System: Navigation Data Distribution System connecting data from the GPS, AIS, gyroscope, sounder and weather station
Optronic Surveillance System (SVO) developed by TECNOBIT: a TV and FLIR surveillance system capable of tracking targets, video recording, sector search and laser measurement system
CONAM C2D/C3D multifunction console tables. 4 console tables: one triple and three double to display tactical data, radar video, TV video and interchangeable processors
MISCELLANEOUS . Tank capacity: 10,000 cubic meters of liquids
8,000 of F76
2,000 of F44
200 tons of fresh water

CANTABRIA's mission is to supply operational logistic support to a Naval or Expeditionary Force including a Transport or Landing Force. The ship can also provide logistic support in other theatres such as humanitarian aid and environmental protection.

To provide logistic support at sea the ship has five replenishment stations, two in each side and one aft for solid and liquid cargo. There is a flight deck and a hangar for medium and heavy helicopters

Although the ship was delivered to the Spanish Navy in Rota Naval Base (Cadiz), her home port, from July 2010, is Ferrol (Corunna)

The ship is equipped with the modern SCOMBA Combat System, a Spanish Navy R&D project which will permit the integration of the "CANTABRIA" into a Naval Force.

The main features of the SCOMBA are: management and processing of all tactical information received from sensors and the distribution of radar video and TV video signals to the Tactical Console Tables. It also provides capabilities to manage and display tactical information, self-defence, aircraft control, operations planning and information exchange with other external systems

To this end, there are other associated elements:

  • 2 radars: ARIES SAAS-NAV for surface search, and SAAS-SCH for helicopter control. Both are LPI and digital projects from INDRA operating in "I" band. The SAAS-SCH radar has also an IFF CIT-25D transponder system for "friend or foe" identification.
  • RIGEL ESM system, also an INDRA project: a passive countermeasures system capable of detecting LPI radars and connected to 6 chaff launchers.
  • DIANA System: Navigation Data Distribution System developed by INDRA, connecting and distributing data from the GPS, AIS, gyroscope, sounder and weather station to the SCOMBA Combat System.
  • LINK-11-LINPRO, a R&D TECNOBIT processor. A data exchange system among different ships.
  • Optronic Surveillance System (SVO) developed by TECNOBIT: a TV and FLIR surveillance system capable of tracking targets, video recording, sector search and laser measurement system.
  • CONAM C2D/C3D multifunction console tables. 4 console tables: one triple and three double developed by SAINSEL to display tactical data, radar video, TV video and interchangeable processors

The ship has also a SPERRY navigational radar..

Ship weapons include:

  • Four BROWNING machineguns
  • Four MG-42 machineguns
  • Pre-installation for MK-38 mountings

As regards air capability, the "CANTABRIA" can operate in all-weather conditions and in a sea-state 5. The ship is a platform for medium and/or heavy helicopters that can be used for VERTREP and for self-defence with organic helicopters.

Hangar capacity is for 2 SH-3D/NH-90 or 3 AB-212. The flight deck lighting system is compatible with night vision goggles.

The ship has an indigenous and modern R&D Integrated Platform Control System (SICP) highly automated for the control of the propulsion system, steering, cargo, ballast and all auxiliary devices. This system allows for smaller crews.

There is also a 214 square metre hospital area with for 4 beds; an ICU with 4 further beds, sick bay, sick reception area, a fully equipped operating theatre with telemedicine capability, X-rays, dentist, a sterilization lab and gases station.

For embarking, disembarking and movement of solid cargo, there is a 20 ton crane, two smaller cranes and three cargo lifts. The ship has 2 RHIB boats and two ZODIAC boats with cranes in both sides to handle these crafts.

The "CANTABRIA" is ready to operate in environmental protection missions in the maritime sphere, namely:

  • Receive fuel spilled and collected by specialised ships and unload it in a safe place.
  • Transport and scatter anti-pollution components.
  • Transport and deploy a 200-metre long oceanic inflatable barrier in less than 15 minutes.

For storage of polluting elements there are two containers on the 01 deck with side and front doors.

It is worth underlining that, for the first time in the history of naval shipbuilding, a Spanish Navy unit has received the Lloyd's Register EME certification. The "CANTABRIA" is a Green Ship that abides by all International laws and agreements in this respect (MARPOL). She is a double hull ship with a sewage treatment plant, water-oil divider and waste processing plants (garbage disposal unit and incinerator).

The "CANTABRIA" is the first Spanish Navy ship with the name of this northern region of Spain. In the 19th century, a corvette and a schooner had that name, but were postal and not naval vessels.

The ship was launched on July 21st 2008 in the Navantia Shipyards of Puerto Real and delivered on July 29th 2010. Her number is A-15.

The crew consists of 122 people with available space for the embarked air unit (20) and a reserve space for a further 20. There are 16 officers and 21 NCOs. The remaining personnel are petty officers, seamen and ratings (28 female). They come from all over the country, especially from Galicia.

Most of our activities are aimed at her Operational Assessment since she is newly built ship and during this first year all equipment are tested, both ashore and at sea. Intense training of personnel is also carried out.

The ship is not fully integrated into the Fleet as yet, since she was delivered to the Navy in July 2010. As scheduled, the ship underwent Operational Qualification tests in June 2011 with training runs at sea and ashore, inspections, certifications, equipment tests and an endurance cruise where possible deficiencies will be corrected.


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