Navantia and the Spanish Navy started final sea trials of the F-105 frigate “Cristóbal Colón” last Monday, in Ferrol (Northern Spain), which will last all week.
F-105 frigate “Cristóbal Colón”
During these sea trials, the shipyard will test the correct integration of the combat system in the platform, including trials of all sensors and weapons on board, as anti-air, anti-surface, anti-submarine, electronic war and communications exercises.
For the performance of several combat scenarios, Navantia will count on the collaboration of other surface units, including an F-100 class frigate, as well as land radio stations and communication satellites.
Navantia has integrated the combat system SPY-1D (V) version on board, making the F-105 the most advanced of all the F-100 class. Also, it incorporates the highest level of nacionalisation in sensors and weapons, which has been a big challenge for the shipyard.
The sea trials will take place with more than 300 people on board, including Navantia staff, Spanish Navy and auxiliary industry. It is also expected to receive Australian staff, as part of the training programme thatNavantia is providing regarding the AWD's contract, a design based on the F-105.
F-105 “Cristóbal Colón”
- Waterline length 133.20m
- Full load displacement 6.041t
- Full load draught 5m
- Maximum speed 28.5 knots
- Cruising speed 18 knots
- Endurance at cruising speed 4 500 miles
- Crew 234 persons
Significant shipbuilding data:
- Number of compartments: 573
- Tons of hull steel: 2.450t
- Metres of cable: 315.000m
- Metres of piping 37.000m
Navantia, the Spanish shipbuilder, is a world reference in the design, construction and integration of state-of-the-art war ships, including new-generation submarines, as well as ship repairs and modernisations. It is also engaged in the design and manufacture of Integrated Platform Management Systems, Fire Control Systems, Command and Control systems, Propulsion Plants and through life support for all its products. Even though its main line of activity is in the naval field, Navantia designs and manufactures systems for the army and the air force.