Spanish Navy Santa Maria-class Frigate Canarias Sets Sail Towards The Indian Ocean
On the morning of February tenth the F-80 frigate ‘Canarias’ set sail from the Rota Naval Base to affix ‘EUNAVFOR Somalia’ within the framework of Operation ‘Atalanta’, within the Indian Ocean. A farewell ceremony was presided over by the Fleet Commander and attended by family members of the crew and the Music Band from the ‘Tercio Sur’. Frigate ‘Canarias’ will conduct maritime safety duties throughout her deployment. The ship will likely be supported by an Embarked Air Unit (UNAEMB), made up by an ‘Augusta-Bell 212’ helicopter and a ‘Scan Eagle’ unmanned air automobile. A Marine Corps Safety Crew has additionally embarked to hold out safety and boarding duties.
Frigate ‘Canarias’ is underneath command of Cdr. Rafael Samaniego Martín de Francisco and can take over from her sister ship ‘Victoria’. She is predicted to stay built-in into EUNAVFOR till subsequent June. The presence of a brand new Spanish Navy ship in Operation ‘Atalanta’ contributes to take care of Spain’s dedication to the European Union and worldwide safety, which begins past our borders. As well as, the participation of the Navy in Operation ‘Atalanta’ has counted with the everlasting presence of a Spanish warship since 2009, offering safety and status for Spain and contributing on to the overseas motion of the State.
The mission of frigate ‘Canarias’ consists of stopping and deterring piracy, defending susceptible delivery, particularly World Meals Program ships, and cooperating with different worldwide businesses and missions to assist Somalia purchase capabilities that promote a safe atmosphere, enabling its social and financial improvement. In the course of the first weeks of integration into EUNAVFOR, frigate ‘Canarias’ will function flagship of the Portuguese admiral, who’s at present commanding the drive.
Canarias (F86), is the final of the six Spanish-built Santa Maria-class frigates, based mostly on the American Oliver Hazard Perry-class design, of the Spanish Navy. Laid down on 15 April 1992, and launched on 21 June 1993, Canarias was commissioned in service in 1995. The ship contains a sequence of enhancements to her earlier sisters, with a brand new Meroka mod 2B CIWS, and upgraded hearth management techniques with Mk.92 mod6 CORT (Coherent Receiver Transmitter) and SPS-49(v)5 radar as an alternative of earlier (v)4. All of those Spanish frigates have the size of the later Oliver Hazard Perry frigates, and have a wider beam than the US Navy design, and due to this fact capable of carry extra prime weight. Fin stabilizers are fitted.
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