The Navy will spend € 13 million to host the new S-80 submarines at the Arsenal docks in Cartagena

CARTAGENA. The Navy will invest around 13 million euros in the new facilities of the Arsenal de Cartagena, which is scheduled to begin this year to host the new S-80 series submarines.

When in 2013 the program revealed that there was a serious error of 125 tons in the weight of the submersible, the American Electric Boat indicated that there was to rebalance weights, the length had to be lengthened by 10 meters -the current one has a dimension of 78 meters-, which meant that the current docks located in the Cartagena Arsenal were not worth to dock the new S-80s. The S-80 submarines will have an overall length of 80.8 meters, a diameter of 7.3 meters and a submerged displacement of around 3,000 tons.

To fit the four submarines The pits will have to be dredged and lengthened, which, together with other infrastructure works necessary to adapt the facilities to the new submersible, will cost around 13 million euros. The Navy has already made the previous announcement, which informs of the works of conditioning of trenches and construction of a new pier at BASUB for the docking of S80 submarines.

Regarding the conditioning of the dock, Minister Margarita Robles explained during her visit to the Arsenal last March that when the S-81 goes sailing, By the end of 2022, the works to house this first submersible will be completed. He predicted that for the 2024 The refurbishment of the facilities will have been completed so that the four submersibles will have their space in the Arsenal. The Scheduled dates delivery of submarines to the Navy are: February 2023 for the S-81; the S-82: December 2024; the S-83: October 2026 and the S-84 for February 2028.

Some of the works that have been scheduled are a building for tactical simulator and platform; crew accommodation pavilion; torpedo workshop; battery workshop; conditioning of submarine mooring pits: dredging of the dock, piers and pits; defense renovation; extension of the dock; installation of a system to avoid sludge sediment; lighting and navigation aid lights, electricity, etc.

It should be remembered that last week the launching act of the first of the series, the S-81, took place, which is why King Felipe VI attended, accompanied by the Queen and her two daughters, the Princess of Asturias and the infanta doña Sofía, on the spot.

Parallel to the launching of the S-81, Navantia is already working on the other ships in the program: S-82 works on the manufacture of non-resistant structures and the shipment of tanks in all sections and begun pre-assembly of pipes and equipment.

In the S-83 The resistant hull has been finished and the steel works have begun: construction of tanks, manufacture and assembly of idlers and supports. While in the S-84 production of resistant hull frames has started


The United Kingdom deploys the largest concentration of naval war power to Asia

A fleet of British warships and military aircraft heralded as the ‘largest concentration of sea and air power to leave the UK in a generation’, will depart next month for visit India, Japan, South Korea and Singapore, in a sample of the british ambition to have a much stronger presence in Asia. The mission will be led by the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, the flagship of the British Navy.

The aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, the most powerful surface ship in the history of the Royal Navy, will set sail next month for Asia with eight RAF F35 stealth fighter jets on board. The € 3.4 billion vessel will be accompanied by six Royal Navy ships, a submarine armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles, 14 naval helicopters and a Royal Marines company.

The Secretary of Defense, Ben Wallace, said Monday that the mission aims to show that the UK “is not regressing, but navigating to play an active role in shaping the international system.” A part of the carrier group will go to the Black Sea to assist in the mission of the OTAN to contain Russia in its expansionist ambitions.


“For the first time we are moving towards a clash with China and Russia”

Charles A. Richard, Chief of the United States Strategic Command and the head of the US nuclear arsenal, said it loud and clear during an appearance in the Senate: your country should prepare for a nuclear war since current conflicts could escalate “very rapidly”, in reference to clashes with China and Russia and its advances in nuclear weapons. If the US does not start investing more in nuclear defense and infrastructure, it will be “at risk of losing credibility in the eyes of our adversaries ”, he added.

“For the first time in our history, our country is moving towards confrontation with two strategic adversaries that at the same time have nuclear capabilities, but must be deterred in a different way,” said the military high command, who leads the Strategic Command in charge of managing the United States nuclear triad: strategic bombers, submarines and ICBMs.


“Thousands of US military personnel and their families consider El Puerto and Rota as their second home”


Updated:04/13/2021 22:54h


Conrad Tribble, the highest diplomatic representative of the United States in Spain, visited the Rota Naval Base and has held a meeting with the mayors of Rota and El Puerto and with Spanish and American military authorities.

The US Charge d’Affaires wanted to thank the people of Cadiz for their hospitality: «Thousands of US military personnel and their families consider these cities as their second home», Has indicated referring to Rota and El Puerto de Santa María. Tribble, who has chatted with Javier Ruiz and Germán Beardo, s has also met with Vice Admiral Ricardo Hernandez Lopez, highest authority of the Spanish Navy of the Arsenal of Cádiz and with the captain David S. Baird, head of US naval activities in Spain

Conrad Tribble’s diplomatic career has focused primarily on Europe and Latin America, but he has also served in Iraq and in numerous leadership positions in Washington. Tribble helped manage the reestablishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba and the reopening of the US embassy as deputy chief of mission on the island.

It should be remembered that last Sunday the destroyer Uss Arleigh Burke arrived in Rota, a new ship that will replace the USS Donald Cook, as part of the rotation planned by the US Navy of its ships in Rota.

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Cartagena Felipe VI | The King will preside over the launching of the new Navy submarine on April 22 in Navantia

The king Felipe VI will preside on April 22 in Cartagena the launching of the submarine ‘Isaac Peral’ (S-81), the first of the four manufactured by the national company Navantia for the Spanish Navy. This was announced on Monday by the Defense Minister, Margarita Robles, during a visit to the Submarine Flotilla to learn about the training of the first crew of that new ship.

“We are very excited about this launching” of the ‘Isaac Peral’ because it is “good and essential for the Navy, and it is also very good for Navantia and Cartagena,” said the minister after touring the Arsenal facilities in the company of high command naval forces led by the Admiral Chief of the Navy General Staff, Antonio Martorell Lacave, the Fleet, Eugenio Díaz del Río Jáudenes, and the Arsenal de Cartagena, Pedro de la Puente García-Ganges. He recalled that launching is an «important» milestone in the submarine manufacturing process «for other countries to see Navantia technology. It is an exportable model».

Margarita Robles participated in a brief meeting with the commanders of the Submarine Flotilla in which her commander, Captain Ernesto Zarco Gil, explained the current situation to her. The Navy has only two submersibles, of which only the ‘Tramontana’ is operational, because the ‘Galerna’ is still undergoing large-scale work at the Navantia shipyard. Regarding those that are under construction, the ‘Isaac Peral’ is practically finished and his crew is finishing their training in the simulator room of the School of Submarines. The minister was with these soldiers and was interested in their work, before touring the base dock, where in the next two years important adaptation works will be carried out for the new material.

The minister highlighted the “investment effort” of the Government to renew the material of the Armed Forces worth 12,000 million euros. Most of it, about 7 billion, is for Navy programs, such as the new submarines and the F.110 frigates. He also advanced that there will soon be news for the construction of a specific maritime action ship for operations under the sea and the rescue of submarines.


P. Argüelles (AAE): “Trump is an exceptional parenthesis, the US is very clear about the importance of the transatlantic link” (1)


Interview with Pedro Argüelles, president of the Spanish Atlantic Association | Part 1

23/03/2021 | Madrid

Nacho G. Pandavenes

Pedro Arguelles He is one of those people who has done practically everything. To begin with, he is Asturian, but he was born in Madrid. He is also an Industrial Engineer, but he founded a bank, the Alcala. Then he directed Aena and later was vice president of Boeing International. In between he got into several more fuss, like Asturiana de Zinc or the Bench Granada Jerez, and even in politics back in the 80s. He was an MEP and a deputy, with Eduardo Serra He entered the world of defense as director of his cabinet and ended up as Secretary of State with Pedro Morenés. Today, Argüelles, past 70, presides over the Spanish Atlantic Association (AAE).

The former Sedef makes a gap in his agenda to talk about the main mission of the AAE: to explain to civil society what the OTAN and why it is so important that Spain is under its umbrella. We arrived at the headquarters of the Association before time to mount. He does it with British punctuality and his way of dressing underpins the name: gray pants, red tie, navy blue double-breasted jacket and white handkerchief, like the shirt. And all in the purest style Savile Row.

The interview begins with a technical problem due to lighting. The space is a dark wooden room with warm light oculi, all very orange. There are three of us looking everywhere while he proposes to use the lamp in his office as a focus. Once the problem has been solved, Argüelles also distributes the sites: “your best there”, he points to the left, my newly released mask has the Atlantic Association logo on the right. I am more nervous than him, I am a pen and television is not my thing. He smiles under the mask, he has been doing this for years, he knows how to be in front of a camera and he knows the subject very well. I’m sure there are also enough tricks to get away from uncomfortable issues.

Given the length of this interview, the text will be published in two parts, the first of which is reproduced below.

First of all, what is the Spanish Atlantic Association?

It is a non-profit organization without any political color, made up of professionals who have had a history of interest with issues related to security and defense and within that framework in the NATO concept. We are a channel of distribution and education to societies so that they better understand what the Atlantic association is and what it means to be within the NATO security umbrella.

The Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, commented last week before Congress the need not to see confrontations between NATO and Europe. Is this feasible or could there be a clash of interests?

No clash of interests. Between NATO and Europe there is a total alignment. There may be differences of opinion but these are not clashes. But it is also true that, in NATO, Europe is more than half of what the Western world is in economic and technological parameters … Therefore it is no longer a baby, it is an adult and an adult also with a high level of well-being and progress that it must protect and defend. Until now Europe has been too long focused on its own protection country by country and when it comes to collective issues turning to the Alliance as an instrument. Now what is coming to light is that we have created a European Union and that European Union has a value that must be protected. It is logical that the European Union begins to talk about building this dimension of security and defense. That is not, as has sometimes been said, that a rivalry is established between the US and Europe, it is simply that Europe says yes, I want that alliance and I am interested in maintaining that multilateralism in the security chapters because state by state I could not give an answer. But the European countries also have some issues that are our own that allow us, in collaboration with the Alliance, to establish specific programs. The clearest example is the one we mentioned before from the Mediterranean Basin, but it is not the only one, there are many others.

During the Trump Administration some of those differences with the US were seen, but everything indicates that now with the arrival of Biden the waters can return to their course.

Without a doubt, the arrival of Biden is a return to normal. What was not normal was what Trump and his Administration assumed. It was more of a speech than a performance, nor can we say that when it comes to the Atlantic Alliance, President Trump was a break. But it was a different speech and it was a slightly worrisome speech. I believe that Biden represents the return to normality, that the agreements will be more stable, where multilateralism is assured, where I believe that Spain and the European Union will feel more comfortable, with an Administration that is no different. of others that have been previously. I would like to emphasize that Trump is an exceptional parenthesis and the US is very clear about the importance of the transatlantic link, which is of mutual interest. It has other levels of concern as we do, but the transatlantic link is from an economic point of view, from a social point of view, from a cultural point of view, from a military point of view it is the most important for the United States and is the most important for Europe.

What are the areas of greatest concern to the Alliance, the Russian border, Afghanistan, Taiwan …?

In this 2030 vision, we call attention to the southern flank, but there are other countries that belong to the Alliance that call attention to other threats. And very especially the Russian threat, which is not only a threat, it is a reality. Russia has carried out acts of aggression against our security environment. But there is also the challenge that China represents and its ability to influence in the Pacific and Asia. Today’s North Atlantic Treaty no longer only sees through the prism of the North Atlantic but is looking further afield, because the instability of others may end up having an impact on our society. Recently there were no risks that today are a great concern such as insecurity in our communications, in our information, in our digitized processes. Today we are experiencing a pandemic that has put the economy in check, no one has escaped having this problem, and there is no doubt that these types of risks can degenerate into situations of insecurity, therefore the Alliance also has to maintain its vision about things that did not concern us before.

Speaking of the pandemic, Robles has also spoken on several occasions about the need for a European health force. Has NATO considered working along the same lines?

The Alliance’s mission is to prevent the pandemic from becoming a risk to the security of its citizens. Unleashing complete instruments of what you are referring to has not been done and I highly doubt that it will be done quickly enough. Obviously, if we do not come out of this pandemic as we all hope, the Alliance will have to include health issues in its catalog of permanent risks, but I do not want to anticipate events, I am hopeful that we can overcome this crisis without imbalances that require actions at the NATO level .

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Navy fires submarine Mistral after 35 years of service

Removal from the official list of ships

Last flag drop on the Mistral submarine. Photo: Armada

The submarine S-73 Mistral has been discharged with all honors from the Official List of Ships from Armada, after more than 35 years of service to Spain. The ceremony, held this Friday at the Cartagena Arsenal, was by the Chief Admiral of the Cartagena Arsenal, Vice Admiral Pedro Luis de la Puente García-Ganges, who has been accompanied by the Admiral for Maritime Action, Vice Admiral Juan Luis Sobrino Pérez-Crespo.

The ceremony was attended by a small commission of representatives of the Submarine Weapon, commanders of units of the Navy in Cartagena and former commanders of the submarine Mistral. The S-73 He stopped serving last June and since then has been immobilized at the Cartagena Arsenal.

At the end of last year, Navantia began the disassembly work of the different equipment and systems of the submersible. Part of these elements will be used as spare parts during the maintenance work of the other two submarines of the series that are still in service, the S-71 Galerna and the S-74 Tramontana, as published

In practice, the Navy currently has only one operational submarine, the Tramontana, since the Galerna he is immersed in the final stretch of his fifth great race. This situation will be progressively reversed from 2023 with the entry into service of the new submarines of the series S-80.

History of the Mistral submarine

The Mistral is the third in a series of four submarines type Agosta, also known as class Galerna, French design. It was built in the shipyards of the EN Bazán in Cartagena, the current Navantia, proceeding on November 14, 1983 to its launching in the presence of the Prime Minister, Felipe González Marquez, from the Minister of Defense, Narcís Serra Serra, and the Admiral Chief of Staff of the Navy (Ajema), Saturnino Suanzes de la Hidalga, being sponsored by the wife of the Prime Minister, Carmen Romero Lopez.

During these 35 years, the submarine has made 3,039 days of sea, 243,468 nautical miles, 69,289 hours of sea and 43,776 hours of immersion, visiting numerous ports in Europe and Africa. His first departure to sea, only on the surface, was on October 30, 1984, making his first dive in the waters of Cartagena on November 2 of that same year.

Finally, the Mistral he surrendered to the Navy on June 5, 1985 and later made his endurance cruise calling at Las Palmas, Plymouth (United Kingdom), Kiel (Germany) and Lorient (France). In March 1986, the Fishermen’s Association of Cartagena gave him the combat flag, acting as godmother, Margarita Esquivias Sampool, wife of the captain general of the Mediterranean Maritime Zone, admiral Miguel Morgado Aguirre.

During its long life, the Mistral has participated in multiple maneuvers, exercises and operations, national, international and of the OTAN; mainly anti-submarine warfare and intelligence, among which the following missions stand out: Sharp Guard, whose objective was to impose an arms embargo on the former Yugoslavia; Active Endeavour, to fight against terrorism in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea; Unified Protector, where he carried out surveillance tasks to verify the arms embargo on Libya; Y Sea Guardian, of maritime security in the Mediterranean.

In its more than 35 years of activity in the Navy, 218 officers, 240 non-commissioned officers and 752 soldiers and sailors have served on board.

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The Chilean Navy receives the new ATF-65 Janequeo tugboat

Built in India by L&T Shipbuilding

The ATF-65 Janequeo at the Valparaso shelter. Photo: Richard Brito

02/23/2021 | Valparaso

Nicols Garca

The fleet tug ATF-65 Janequeo from Chilean Navy acquired from indian shipyard Larsen & Toubro Shipbuilding He arrived at the port of Valparaíso on Monday, February 22, after a journey of more than 11,000 nautical miles through the Indian and Pacific oceans.

The new ship replaces the ATF-68 Leucotón Withdrawn from service in 2008 and its incorporation allows the Chilean Navy to increase its rescue and salvage capabilities.

From the institution they explained to that he Ministry of Defence approved on January 26, 2018 the project Tug which contemplated the purchase of a new unit in order to maintain and complement the missions carried out by the ATF-66 Galvarino and the ATF-67 Lautaro.

The objective of the project Tug is to strengthen the rescue and salvage capacity, both of civil and military vessels in the area of ​​national responsibility, safeguard human life at sea, preservation of the environment and natural resources, logistical support where required and the capacity to perform the rescue and salvage of a submarine.

This initiative allows to give continuity to the mission of Security and Maritime Interests of the Country entrusted by the State of Chile to the Navy and which also includes search and rescue actions, according to the areas of responsibility established in international agreements.

Search in the international market

On March 5, 2018, the decree authorizing the incorporation of the ship was signed by the then Ministers of Defense and Hacienda, and within the framework of this project, the Chilean and U.S On August 27, 2018, they signed a cooperation agreement to seek the best alternative that exists in the market and that would allow, in addition to safeguarding human life at sea, serve as a rescue and salvage platform for submarines.

After evaluating various options, the institution chose a vessel specialized in towing and handling and positioning of anchors (Ahtsv) from the Indian shipyard Larsen & Toubro Shipbuilding which was part of a contract for four supply vessels (PSV) and two Ahtsv made in 2016 by Halul Offshore Services Co. WLL (HOSC) from Qatar to L&T Shipbuilding.

HOSC canceled its purchase in 2016 due to the fall in the demand for services from the oil industry and L&T Shipbuilding put these units up for sale in 2018, which had a construction value of approximately 20 million dollars each, inviting shipowners, operators, governments and companies from the public sector to submit offers.

The acquisition of Ahtsv, for a value of 11.5 million dollars, was carried out through the modality of Foreign Military Sales (FMS) of Defense Department of the United States and was managed by the Naval Sea Systems Command (Navsea).

The unit, before embarking on the trip, received work at the facilities of the Indian shipyard located in Kattupalli that included improvements in habitability and sanitary facilities as well as new paint on the superstructure, deck and hull. The ship made landfalls in its navigation to Chile in the ports of Colombo, Singapore, Male, Singapore and Wellington.

Characteristics of the ATF-65 Janequeo

The ATF-65 Janequeo It is 70 meters long, 19 meters wide and has a maximum draft of 6.2 meters. It displaces 2,500 tons and has a static or Bollard Pull 150 tons. It can carry 38 crew and 22 passengers.

The vessel is equipped with advanced diesel-hybrid propulsion, has a dynamic positioning system DP2 and it can fight fires, respond to emergencies, perform rescue actions, resupply supplies offshore, recover oil spilled at sea and other tasks.

The Ahtsv, helmet number 71010, has two main engines MAN of 2,290 kW, two 1600 kW hybrid motors from Siemens and reaches a top speed of 13.5 knots. It has four 1690 ekW MTU generators plus two 850 kW bow thrusters, two 500 kW stern thrusters and controllable pitch propellers (CPP) of At Wärts.

Deck machinery features a waterfall type towing winch of Rolls-Royce with 350 ton nominal pull, two sets of tow pins SWL Karmoy of 225 tons, two sets of SWL Karmoy jaws Shark Jaws 450 tonnes, a 2.5 x 7 meter Rolls-Royce anchor handling stern roller, two SWL Rolls-Royce 15 tonne winches and a 5 ton deck crane Sormec.

The vessel has a capacity for 700 cubic meters of fuel, 900 cubic meters of Drill Water, 600 cubic meters of fresh water, 700 cubic meters of HNLS / ORO and four 226 cubic meters tanks for dry bulk cargo.

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Feldherr MINI PLUS bag for Star Wars Armada: Separatist Alliance Fleet Starter Set + Squadrons | commander

As Count Dooku said: “Fire as soon as you are ready.”

With this Feldherr MINI PLUS bag, filled with individual foam inserts especially for the fleet starter set and the star fighter squadron expansion of the Separatist Alliance, you are ready for it anytime, anywhere.

The set offers space for:

  • 1 munication-class frigate
  • 2 Hardcell class space freighters
  • 4 Vulture-class droid fighter squadrons
  • 8 Separatist star fighter squadrons (2 squadrons of hyena-class droid bombers, 2 squadrons of tri-droid fighter, 2 squadrons of Belbullab-22 star fighter, 2 squadrons of Vulture-class droid fighter)
  • Maps, plastic bases, handrails / fins, ship markers, rulers, relay discs and command wheels

The set includes:

  • 1 Feldherr MINI PLUS bag
  • 1 half-size foam tray for 2 hardcell class space freighters + 1 munificence class frigate including accessories (HSMFAU050BO)
  • 1 half-size foam tray for 12 seasons (HSDT050BO)
  • 1 half-size foam tray for playing cards, dice and other accessories (HSMEQO050BO)
  • 1 foam topper

The big ships in your fleet get their own deposit. The large compartment is tailored precisely to the miniature for the frigate of the munitions class. Surrounded by soft foam, the filigree parts of the miniature are spared from damage. The colors of the painted model are also reliably protected against scratches and abrasion.

Two additional compartments are available for the two space carriers of the Hardcell class. These are tailor-made for one model each including a handrail.

There is also a large compartment for the ship’s bases. The holding fin can also be placed here. The ship cards and markers can also be stored here if necessary. There are still two round and four narrow compartments for storing command and push wheels and other accessories.

To stow the droid fighter squadrons from the starter set and the 8 miniatures from the Armada expansion pack “Separatist star fighter squadrons” you will find the matching compartments on the second foam tray. Each of the 12 series miniatures including bases has its own compartment.

A third foam insert is provided in the package so that the accessories are properly housed. There is enough space here to sort cards, dice, markers and other accessories.

Finally, the supplied foam topper ensures that your fleet is securely packaged all around and survives the transport to the gaming table undamaged.

You can easily carry all of this in the MINI PLUS bag. This consists of particularly hard-wearing material and ensures that the figures are protected from external influences on the way. You have additional space for storing writing materials and other small items in the inside pocket with zipper. A label can be stored in a transparent compartment on the outside of the bag, on which you can write down your name or the contents.

Dimensions of the MINI PLUS bag:

  • Innenmaße: ca. 275 mm x 172 mm x 150 mm
  • Außenmaße: ca. 300 mm x 200 mm x 160 mm

Each of the 3 foam trays has the dimensions: 275 mm x 172 mm x 50 mm total height (40 mm usable height + 10 mm base)

  • high-quality, fine-pored foam – Made in Germany
  • chlorine-free and acid-free


The Army and the Navy say goodbye to the logistics ship Martín Posadillo

Official discharge from the boat

Martn Posadillo Ship. Photo: Spanish Navy

The logistics ship Martín Posadillo has caused low Official List of Navy Ships (LOBA). The farewell act took place a few days ago at the La Curra dock in the Cartagena Arsenal (Murcia). The vessel ended its operational activity last June, as published

He Land Army acquired this ship in 1990. First it was included in the Logistics Support Group No. 23, and, since 2000, was on the ship list of the Armada. It leaves the service after more than 200,000 nautical miles, the equivalent of going around the world ten times and after almost 2,000 days at sea.

The event was chaired by the Chief Admiral of the Cartagena Arsenal and was attended by the admiral of Maritime Action, Director of Economic Affairs of the Army and the admiral chief of the Logistics Division of the General Staff of the Navy.

The Music Unit of the Tercio de Levante and the Arsenal Military Guard picket line formed on the dock, next to the ship, while its crew was on board, on the upper deck, except for its acting commander, who he was on the ground to give news.

During the ceremony, the resolution of removal from the list of Navy ships was read and a prayer was said in memory of the deceased who were part of the crew. The last commander of the ship stressed that in the 20 years that it has been included in the list of the Navy, it has provided innumerable support to units of the Army, both in Spanish territory and in the seas in different Peacekeeping Operations.

After that, he handed over to the widow of the general of the Army Quartermaster Corps José María Martín-Posadillo Muñiz, which names the ship, the figure of the Virgen del Carmen, who was on the bridge.

Then, the last lowering of the flag was carried out, which was handed over to the authority that presided over the act, and then the final landing of the crew took place, which was carried out from the most modern to the oldest. Finally, the Chief Admiral of the Cartagena Arsenal handed over the ship’s pennant to the acting commander and greeted the former commanders present at the ceremony, to whom he gave a souvenir of it.

The withdrawal of Martín Posadillo, along with that of The Spanish Way, has left the Army without logistics ships. To meet the needs of material transport by sea, the Ministry of Defence just acquired Suardiaz Group the ship Galicia which will be adapted in the coming months to the Army’s requirements, before its entry into service in the Navy.

Martín Posadillo

He Martín Posadillo It was a Ro-Ro type cargo and material transport vessel. Built and launched in Gijón in 1973, the ship had three cargo decks with a total capacity of 400 linear meters and 600 tons and the ability to operate with helicopters, highlighting the CH-47D Chinook. With a length of 75 meters, a beam of 13 meters and displaces 2,250 tons.

Its main task was the transport of Army material between national ports, especially providing support to the garrisons of Ceuta, Melilla, islands and rocks in North Africa and the archipelagos of the Balearic and Canary Islands. It also provided support to troops participating in OMP outside the national territory.

In international operations, it carried out seven transports to Kosovo, 11 to Lebanon and six to Turkey, with its longest navigation – 5,148 miles – being the one between Cartagena and Beirut.

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