03.12.2015

The Admiral of the Fleet welcomes the Australian Leaders

The event took place during the visit to Spanish combat supply ship ‘Cantabria’, which was transferred to the Royal Australian Navy for several months

The Admiral of the Fleet welcomes the Australian Leaders

Admiral Santiago Bolíbar welcomed the participants from the first Australian Leaders Programme to the Navy’s Headquarters at Naval Station Rota in Cádiz. SACF’s delegation travelled there to visit the Spanish combat supply ship ‘Cantabria’, which was transferred to the Royal Australian Navy for eight months in 2013. As well as using the ship for logistics support tasks, the Royal Australian Navy were also afforded the opportunity to assess and analyse the ship’s capacities over an extended period of time with a view to replacing their own ships, as well as holding group training sessions with the Spanish crew who travelled to Australia and members of the RAN.

During their meeting with the Admiral of the Fleet, the Leaders discussed interesting issues such as the close bilateral relations in this area, which according to Admiral Bolívar is based on the fact that the two countries share similar interests. After the official welcome, the group visited the ship together with several Navantia team members and Pedro Pérez Seoane, Head of the Security Department of the Bay of Cádiz. The tour included a corporate presentation of the ship’s technical and operational features and the leaders were later shown round the facilities: the cabins, offices, engine room, control and navigation room, infirmary, etc.

After the visit, the MPs and the journalist that make up the Leaders’ group signed the visitors’ book at the Captain’s office. Drinks were then held in the delegation’s honour and attended by the Admiral of the Fleet as well as all the officers. Admiral Bolívar wished the Leaders an excellent stay in Spain and said he hoped the Leaders Programme in general and the visit to Cádiz would serve to strengthen relations between the two countries. 

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Llegada al Cuartel General de la Armada
Llegada al Cuartel General de la Armada
El almirante de la Flota con los Líderes Australianos
El almirante de la Flota con los Líderes Australianos
El secretario general de la FCEA y el almirante de la Flota
El secretario general de la FCEA y el almirante de la Flota
Foto del grupo
Foto del grupo
Visita al BAC Cantabria
Visita al BAC Cantabria
Visita al BAC Cantabria
Visita al BAC Cantabria
Presentación corporativa del buque
Presentación corporativa del buque
Visita al BAC Cantabria
Visita al BAC Cantabria
Visita al BAC Cantabria
Visita al BAC Cantabria
Visita al BAC Cantabria
Visita al BAC Cantabria
Foto del grupo
Foto del grupo
Detalle en recuerdo de la cesión del buque a la RAN
Detalle en recuerdo de la cesión del buque a la RAN
Visita al BAC Cantabria
Visita al BAC Cantabria
Los Líderes firmaron en el libro de honor del buque
Los Líderes firmaron en el libro de honor del buque
Russell Matheson firma el libro de honor
Russell Matheson firma el libro de honor
Matt Thistlethwaite
Matt Thistlethwaite
Jennifer Hewett
Jennifer Hewett
Cóctel para agasajar a la delegación de la FCEA
Cóctel para agasajar a la delegación de la FCEA
Cóctel para agasajar a la delegación de la FCEA
Cóctel para agasajar a la delegación de la FCEA
Cóctel para agasajar a la delegación de la FCEA
Cóctel para agasajar a la delegación de la FCEA
Cóctel para agasajar a la delegación de la FCEA
Cóctel para agasajar a la delegación de la FCEA

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