Navantia launches first maritime action ship for Spanish Navy


The Spanish Navy placed the order with Navantia in

July 2006 for the building of four Maritime Action Ships (BAM)  

On 16th. October, Navantia has launched in San Fernando-Puerto Real shipyard, the first Maritime Action Ship “Meteoro” P-41 for the Spanish Navy. The ship has been christened by Elena Salgado Méndez, the Spanish Economics and Treasury Minister with the ceremony also being attended by the Chairman of SEPI, Enrique Martínez Robles, the Chairman of Navantia, Aurelio Martínez Estévez, as well as the Spanish Navy’s highest authority, Admiral Manuel Rebollo García.


The ship is the first of an initial series of four that Navantia will build to the Spanish Navy in line with the Execution Order signed on 31st of July 2006 and which it is hoped will be followed by up to a total of 10 units. This first ship is expected to be delivered at the end of 2010.


The building of these ships will mean 3,130,000 hours of work for Navantia, 270,000 of which are engineering work, and a workload lasting till the end of 2011.


She 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