Submarine Defense Spain Program S-80 DOCUMENTARY FUND
We interviewed frigate captain Juan Manuel Torrijos Colado, head of the S-80 group (operational group), who will also have the important responsibility of being the test commander of the new Isaac Peral submarine. (S-81), first in line, during his crucial rehearsal phase.
The so-called S-80 group consists of a small team of professional divers from the Navy, in particular from the Engineering, Construction and Works Headquarters (JICO) of the Cartagena Arsenal (Murcia), who have been working in the program for years. The frigate captain Torrijos, who leads them, has many years of experience in the field of submarines since 1995. He was the commander of the Mistral and participated in operations where Spanish submarines played a crucial role in areas such as deterrence. and maintain intelligence.
Defense: Why did they think of you to run this program, and what is your job?
Frigate Captain Juan Manuel Torrijos: The new S-80 group took shape when the so-called weight problem arose in 2012-13. An evaluation report was drawn up to learn from everything that had happened since the launch of the program by the Directorate-General for Armaments and Materials (DGAM). From this self-assessment it was drawn, among other things, that the Navy should be more closely involved in the program in which Navantia, the Ministry of Defense (via the DGAM) and the Navy had previously participated …
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