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F-105 “CRISTOBAL COLON” - Fragata 'Cristóbal Colón' - Ships - Armada Española - Ministerio de Defensa - Gobierno de España

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Our history

This F-105 frigate “Cristóbal Colón” is the fifth unit of the modern and multi-purpose F-100 AEGIS frigates, with which the Spanish Navy contributes to the objectives of National Defense at the dawn of the 21st century.

She is the sixth ship with that name in the history of the Spanish Navy, taken from the discoverer of America: Cristopher Columbus (1451 – 1506). Previous warships with this name were a frigate (1782 – 1808), a corvette (1843 – 1866), a steamer (1849 – 1882), a cruiser (1887 – 1895) and a battleship-cruiser (1896 – 1898).

Crucero acorazado 'Cristóbal Colón'

The frigate was built in Ferrol by Navantia and launched on November 4th 2010 sponsored by the Infanta Margarita, sister of H.M. King Juan Carlos and her husband Carlos Zurita. Sea trials commenced in March 2012 and the warship was finally delivered fully operational to the Spanish Navy on October 23rd 2012.

Fragata 'Cristóbal Colón' (F-105)

Who we are

A standard crew of the “Cristóbal Colón” consists of 201 people. They are all highly qualified professionals, well trained to man and operate this state-of-the-art frigate. They work on a daily basis to attain a high readiness level in order to contribute to the maritime objectives of Spain.

Her features permit this valuable ship to operate in any theatre at the service of the State not only in conventional operations but in humanitarian and peace-keeping missions.

Our daily life

The “Cristóbal Colón” is a modern unit and the last of the F-100 series. Although warships are by nature austere vessels, the habitability has been improved to make her as comfortable as possible. The design has taken into account the possibility of turning the frigate into a Command and Control ship providing coverage to expeditionary forces and operating in a flexible way in coastal and blue waters scenarios.

Main Operations and Exercises

Since the F-105 entered service not so long ago, several sea trials and operational assessment drills of systems and equipment have been carried out. In January 2014 an Operational Qualification exercise was conducted to certify the ship.

At international level, the “Cristóbal Colón” has participated in operation “Ocean Shield” (OOS) integrated into the Second Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG-2) as Command ship. This NATO operation is intended to fight piracy in the Indian Ocean and provide maritime security in the area along with European Union Task Forces and other combined maritime forces.

Fragata 'Cristóbal Colón' (F-105)
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