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Cantabria Combat Replenishment Ship - Program

In the document of Strategic Defense Review, the necessity was settled to harness the operative logistical support of the Navy of such form that allows the Armed Forces to reinforce its expeditionary character. In early 2005 the Spainish government gave definitive approval to the contract for the construction of a new Buque de Aprovisionamiento en Combate (BAC - Ship of Supplying in Combat) valued in 213 million euros. The "Cantabria", an enlarged 19,500t version of the Patino Class replenishment ship, was built by the Navantia Company in its shipyards of Real Port (Cadiz). It gave to the Shipyards of Navantia in Real Port 475 jobs per year.

The ship was built at the NAVANTIA Shipyards in Puerto Real (Cdiz). The keel of the Cantabria was laid on July 18, 2007. On July 21st 2008 the Combat Replenishment Ship "Cantabria" was launched at the NAVANTIA Shipyards in Puerto Real (Cdiz). The ceremony was sponsored by Aurora Daz, wife of the Cantabrian President and was attended by Miguel ngel Revilla, President of the Cantabrian Government, Admiral General Sebastin Zaragoza and the chairmen of SEPI and NAVANTIA.

Christend in June 2008, the ship was launched on July 21st 2008 in the Navantia Shipyards of Puerto Real. Cantabria made its latest sea trials from November 28 to December 2, 2009. The awards ceremony was directed by senior officers of the Navy, the President of Cantabria, Miguel ngel Revilla and his wife and godmother of the ship Aurora Daz.

The Combat Supply Ship (BAC) Cantabria was delivered by Navantia to the Spanish Navy at the Naval Base of Rota on 29 July 2010. The ship was not at first fully integrated into the Fleet, 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.

According to the Spanish Navy, final tests carried out in waters of the Gulf of Cadiz, the A-15 conducted exercises of supply of fuel in the sea, in particular to the frigate F-82 Victoria which collaborated in the tests. In the course of tests the correct functioning of systems of propulsion, communications, combat and electronic surveillance of the ship were also verified, as were noises, vibrations, radars and anchor of machine guns. Navantia indicated that all tests were satisfactory and that the customer, the Navy, is very satisfied with the results obtained and the capabilities demonstrated by the ship. The first series of tests took place from 5 to 9 October 2009 in which checked the machines and electrical plant, systems combat, communications, radar and tightness, as well as the system of supply in the sea, for what is also counted with the collaboration of the frigate victory.

Initially most of the activity of the crew was dedicated to the EVALO (operational evaluation) of computers since the vessel was newly constructed and during the first year (year of warranty) that was the main activity both in port and at sea. Without forgetting, of course, of training staffing and preparation to overcome successfully the certification of the ship. In port, time is devoted primarily to the maintenance of the equipment and schools by destinations. Teams are tested at sea, and a more intensive training is carried out.

Although the ship was delivered to the Spanish Navy in Rota Naval Base (Cadiz), her home port, from July 2010, was Ferrol (Corunna). Her number is A-15. 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.

Once delivered, the "Cantabria" greatly enhanced the operational logistic capability of the Spanish Navy allowing for sustained force projection operations in far away scenarios. It is able to supply of liquid fuels, water and solids (food, ammunition, spare parts and equipment) to a naval grouping or a battle group. It has the capacity to supply up to three ships simultaneously. It can also support combined expeditions of Earth and the Navy and ability to cooperate in the fight against environmental pollution at sea and large hospital capacity. In another vein, the Cantabria BAC complies with the policies of equality in the sense that it is designed counting for half of the boat to be women.

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