July 9, 2013 Source: Navantia
(Issued in Spanish; unofficial translation by defense-aerospace.com)
The Submarine S-73 "Mistral" Begins Its Sea Trials
Navantia has begun, on July 4, the sea trials of the submarine S-73 'Mistral', which marks the beginning of the final phase of the major refit work carried out at the Cartagena Shipyard.
A total of eight sailings are scheduled for this month (July) to complete all the tests. The goal is for the submarine to be delivered to the Spanish Navy in the month of September, ready to sail for another five years.
The 'Mistral' has remained on the premises of the Navantia-Cartagena facility for 18 months, and in the work tied to the fourth major refit of this submarine more than 200 people have been involved, including Navantia personnel and from subcontractors.
The submarine 'Mistral' is the third vessel in the series of four units of the Agosta class. It was launched on November 14, 1983 and was delivered to the Navy on June 5, 1985. It is the fourth time that a major refit is carried out on this submarine.