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THERAN contingent and
Armada crew on ESPS
Cantabria have had a busy
time over the past couple of
After leaving Fleet Base East in
early July, Cantabria was tasked
with supporting HMAS Perth in
the conduct of her unit readiness
Cantabria also participated in
anti-air warfare exercises and the
conduct of a dual replenishment
at sea (liquid), in company with
various HMA Ships in the East
Australian Exercise Area.
After exiting the EAXA,
Cantabria transited to the Coral Sea
in company with HMAS Perth to
participate in Talisman Saber 2013.
Cantabria was attached to blue
force of which Perth would be the
Commander Task Group (CTG).
Stopping in the port of
Gladstone and before TS13,
Cantabria provided HMAS
Choules with fuel for her tasking.
Cantabria was also fortunate
enough to have CDF GEN David
Hurley embark as he made his way
on board Choules.
From Cantabria’s bridge wing
GEN Hurley and CO Cantabria
CMDR Jose Nieto observed the evo-
lution of bringing Choules outboard.
Cantabria’s crew conducted
various action-station exercises in
preparation for entering the area of
Embarked RAN members
participated and were integrated
into the ship’s standing sea fire
party after learning how to operate
Armada firefighting equipment.
This was only the beginning for
Cantabria as she would be tasked
with numerous rendezvous points
to resupply both US Navy and RAN
The RAN personnel on board
has been able to not only par-
ticipate in Talisman Saber but
also to learn a lot from the ship’s
Five RAN midshipmen engi-
neers were embarked in Cantabria
experiencing their first taste of sea
life and learning about fuel testing,
steering gear failures and ballast-
ing, quite a lot for a trainee mid-
shipman to take in.
Engineer MIDN Jacob Hobbs
said he had learnt a lot in a short
period of time.
“I just left NEOC two months
ago and didn’t expect much sea
time, let alone being embarked in a
Spanish ship,” MIDN Hobbs said.
“On board, we were thrown in
the deep end a little and we were
holding watches in the machinery
control room, and Armada engi-
neers helped so much.
“I am certainly going to have
some stories to tell at ADFA.”
Exercise Triton Centenary is
next on the agenda for Cantabria
followed by the International Fleet
Review in Sydney in October.
THIRTY-SIX sailors from ESPS
Cantabria ran an ultra-marathon on
treadmills on the return voyage from
Exercise Talisman Saber 2013 to raise
$550 for Variety – The Children’s
CO Cantabria CMDR Jose Luis
Nieto presented the money to Variety
NSW Motoring Events Manager Stuart
Telfer at Fleet Base East on August 13.
The money was raised through $5 to
$10 donations by each of the Spanish
and Australian sailors who participated
in the relay event.
The relay was billed as a race
between 18 RAN sea-riders and 18 sail-
ors from Cantabria, but the event was
declared a draw after one of the tread-
mills broke down at the 44km mark.
CMDR Nieto said the sailors
enjoyed some good exercise while rais-
“It was a lot of fun and all the sailors
enjoyed the exercise challenge,” he said.
Mr Telfer praised Cantabria and
the Navy for their enduring support
of Variety, a national not-for-profit
organisation committed to empowering
Australian children who are sick, disad-
vantaged or have special needs.
Mr Telfer said since 2003 the Navy
had raised more than $400,000 through
its participation in the Variety NSW
Bash, which is a charity motoring drive
that has raised more than $100 million
nationally for Australian children.
“All that money goes directly to assist
Australian children in need,” he said.
In July, the sailors of HMAS
Kuttabul dug deep to raise $1800 to
support the Navy team’s participation
in this year’s Bankstown to Ballarat
Variety Bash, which will be spearheaded
by a Holden station wagon designed as a
FSU participated in the redesign and
repair work on the car, with competen-
cies gained including sheet metal work,
welding, electrical wiring, spray paint-
ing and fabricating.
Learning from Cantabria
Embarked RAN members learn new skills as Spanish ship participates in Talisman Saber 2013, ahead of more
busy times ahead, LEUT Christopher Thornton reports.
Charity ultra-marathon at sea
officers from ESPS
the RAN hold a
banner in support
of the children’s
charity, Variety. A
cheque of $550
was presented to
NSW Variety at
Fleet Base East.
Photo: ABIS Nicolas
FULL ON: Above, USS Preble replenishing at sea with ESPS Cantabria in the
Coral Sea; left, the crew of USS Chong Hoon handling the lines from ESPS
Cantabria while conducting flight operations.
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