Navantia commissions OPV for the Spanish Navy


On 6th. February, Navantia has commissioned BAM “Relámpago” for the Spanish Navy, in a ceremony presided by the Minister of Defence, Pedro Morenés.

The ceremony has also been attended by the CEO of Navantia, Luis Cacho, the Chief of Navy, Manuel Rebollo, and other naval and political representatives, including defence attachés of countries as Southafrica, Turkey and Australia.

BAM “Relámpago” is the third OPV of an initial series of 4 that Navantia is building for the Spanish Navy. The first two units, “Meteoro” and “Rayo”, were commissioned in July and Ocober 2011.

BAM 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.

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