First Maritime Action Ship (BAM) on her last sea trials


The first Maritime Action Ship (BAM), P-41 ”Meteoro” for the Spanish Navy has successfully finalised its last sea trials.

The trials, held on the 17th and 18th of July, were conducted in order to test the performance of the platform and combat systems, as well as to evaluate noise levels. The ship will be officially commissioned at the Rota Naval Base in Spain on the 28th of July

The “Meteoro”, launched on 16th. October 2009, is a moderately sized, high performance ship with great versatility regarding missions, enjoys a high level of system commonality with other Spanish Navy ships and has low acquisition and life cycle costs.
Her main missions are:
* Protection and escort of other ships
* Control of maritime traffic
* Control and neutralisation of terrorist actions and piracy
* Operations against drug trafficking and the traffic in persons
* Maritime rescue and salvage operations
* Crisis situation support and humanitarian assistance
* Control of fishing legislation
* Control of environmental and anti-pollution legislation
Main features:
* Length Overall: 93.90 m.
* Maximum Beam: 14.20 m.
* Depth to Flight Deck: 7.20 m.
* Displacement at full load: 2,575 t.
* Scantling draught: 4.4 m.
* Maximum speed: 20.5 knots
* Autonomy (at 15 kn): 8,000 miles
* Crew: 35
* Additional capacity: 35


Headquartered in Madrid, Navantia, the Spanish shipbuilder, is a world reference in the design, construction and integration of war ships, including new generation submarines. 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 naval vessels.

During their stay in Istanbul, the crew have received VIP visits both from members of the Turkish Navy as well as representatives of local industry, showing them all the ship’s operating capacities that have resulted from Navantia’s design and construction.

The LHD “Juan Carlos I” is now seen as a highly significant candidate for the Turkish Navy’s LPD programme.

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