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PRÍNCIPE DE ASTURIAS light aircraft carrier (1988)

Príncipe de Asturias 2000

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
Príncipe de Asturias (ex-Canarias, ex-Almirante Carrero Blanco) R11 Bazán, Ferrol 8/10/1979 22/5/1982 30/5/1988 stricken 2/2013

Displacement standard, t


Displacement full, t


Length, m

187.5 pp 195.1 oa

Breadth, m

24.4 wl 30.0 fd

Draught, m

6.70 hull 9.40 over propellers

No of shafts



2 General Electric LM-2500 gas turbines

Power, h. p.


Max speed, kts


Fuel, t

gas turbine oil

Endurance, nm (kts) 6500(20)


4 x 12 - 20/120 Meroka Mod. 2, 17 aircraft (6-8 EAV-8B Harrier VSTOL attackers, 2 SH-60B, 6-10 SH-3D/G, 2-4 AB-212 helicopters)

Military load 2 LCVP

Raycass 5, SPS-55, SPS-52C, SPN-35A, RAN-12L/X, 4x VPS-2 radars, Nettunel, Deneb ECM suites, 6x Mk 36 SRBOC decoy RL, SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo decoy, NTDS CCS




Aircraft facilities (fd - 4,100 m², ha - 2,400 m² / m³): Flight deck: 175.3 x 29.0 m. Hangar: 109.0 x 22.0 x m. There were 2 lifts, fore (29t, 18.0 x 9.0m) and aft (29t, 10.0 x 15.0m) and 46.5m 12° ski-jump. Aircraft fuel stowage: 1480m³.  


Year VSTOL attackers helicopters
1990 8 AV-8B 8 SH-3D Sea King, 4 AB-212, 1 Sea King AEW
2005 6 - 10 EAV-8/EAV-8B Matador 4 - 6 SH-3H Sea King, 2 SH-3D Sea King AEW, 2 AB-212
2012 10 AV-8B Harrier II/II+ 4 SH-3H Sea King, 2 SH-3D Sea King AEW, 2 AB-212 (HU-18)

Ship project history: Designed by Gibbs and Cox, New York, as an updated Sea Control Ship, a type proposed for the US Navy in FY75 but not funded by Congress; the 12° ski-jump allowed more effective use of the EAV-8B Matador II (Bravo) aircraft, delivered in 1987-88. Two lifts were right aft and forward of the island, the latter offset to starboard. As in the FFG7 class, two small 800hp electric motors with retractable propeller pods provided emergency 4.5kts 'get home' facility. Fitting-out was delayed by the installation of a flag (lower) bridge and consequent modifications to command and control systems. Fleet flagship.

Modernizations: 1990: - SPS-52C radar; + SPS-52D radar; superstructure was enlarged, DAPS optical landing system was added, a parallel fuel distribution system with 3,700m3 tank capacity was installed to permit carrying a fuel load of 40% aviation fuel and 60% DFM propulsion fuel.

Naval service: No significant events.

Príncipe de Asturias 2003

Príncipe de Asturias 2005

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