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SPANISH NAVY (SPAIN)

ESCORTS

DESCUBIERTA frigates (1978-1982)

Descubierta 1990

Infanta Elena 2010

Diana 2010

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Descubierta F31, 6/2000- P75 Bazán, Cartagena 16/11/1974 8/7/1975 18/11/1978 patrol 6/2000, stricken 6/2009
Diana F32, 6/2000- M11 Bazán, Cartagena 8/7/1975 26/1/1976 30/6/1979 mine countermeasures support ship 2000, stricken 7/2012
Infanta Elena F33, 2006- P76 Bazán, Cartagena 26/1/1976 14/9/1976 12/4/1980 patrol 2006, in service (2017)
Infanta Cristina F34, 6/2005- P77 Bazán, Cartagena 14/9/1976 25/4/1977 24/11/1980 patrol 6/2005, in service (2017)
Cazadora F35, 6/2004- P78 Bazán, Ferrol 14/12/1977 17/10/1978 20/7/1981 patrol 6/2004, in service (2017)
Vencedora F36, 2/2004- P79 Bazán, Ferrol 1/5/1978 27/4/1979 27/3/1982 patrol 2/2004, in service (2017)
Centinela F37 Bazán, Ferrol 31/10/1978 8/10/1979 --- // 28/2/1984 sold incomplete to Egypt (El Suez)
Serviola F38 Bazán, Ferrol 28/2/1979 18/8/1980 --- // 31/7/1984 sold incomplete to Egypt (El Aboukir)

 

Displacement standard, t

1428

Displacement full, t

1640

Length, m

85.8 pp 88.9 oa

Breadth, m

10.4

Draught, m

3.95

No of shafts

2

Machinery

4 MTU-Bazán 16MA956 TB91 diesels

Power, h. p.

18000

Max speed, kts

26

Fuel, t

diesel oil 250

Endurance, nm(kts)

6100(18)

Armament

2 x 4 Harpoon SSM (8 RGM-84A/C), 1 x 8 Albatros SAM (24 Aspide), 1 x 1 - 76/62 OTO-Melara Compact, 2 x 1 - 40/70 Bofors 350, 2 x 3 - 324 Mk 32 TT, 1 x 2 - 375 Bofors ASWRL

Sensors

F31, 32: DA-05/2, ZW-06/2, WM22/41 radars, DE1160C sonar, Beta ECM suite

F33-38: DA-05/2, ZW-06/2, WM25 radars, DE1160C sonar, Beta ECM suite

Complement

118 + 30 marines

Ship project history: Developed by Blohm & Voss from the Portuguese Joao Coutinho design, and subsequently modified by Bazán. Four ships were ordered in December 1973, and four more in May 1976. Several frigates of an improved Descubierta design prepared in the early 1980s (1879t full load, 100m oa, weapons as Descubierta plus helicopter and hangar, gas turbine propulsion, 30+ kts) were proposed, but orders placed were for the much larger FFG7 type.

Modernizations: late 1980s, all: - Beta ECM suite; + Furuno radar, Deneb Mk 1600, Canopus Mk 1600 ECM suites, 2x Mk 36 SRBOC decoy RL, SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo decoy, Tritan IV CCS

2000, Diana: - 2 x 4 Harpoon SSM, 1 x 8 Albatros SAM, 2 x 1 - 40/70, 1 x 2 - 375 Bofors ASWRL, 2 x 3 - 324 TT, DA-05/2, ZW-06/2, WM22/41 radars, DE1160C sonar, Deneb Mk 1600, Canopus Mk 1600 ECM suites, 2x Mk 36 SRBOC decoy RL, SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo decoy; + Furuno (2nd) radar, decompression chamber, foundations for four portable mine countermeasures repair shop modules.

2000, Descubierta: - 2 x 4 Harpoon SSM, 1 x 8 Albatros SAM, 2 x 1 - 40/70, 2 x 3 - 324 TT, 1 x 2 - 375 Bofors ASWRL, SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo decoy, DE1160C sonar; + 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, type 1007 radar, Compass e/o IR detector, 2x Panda e/o directors

2004, Cazadora, Vencedora; 2005, Infanta Cristina; 2006, Infanta Elena: - 2 x 2 Harpoon SSM (2 x 2 Harpoon SSM retained), 1 x 8 Albatros SAM, 2 x 1 - 40/70, 2 x 3 - 324 TT, 1 x 2 - 375 Bofors ASWRL, SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo decoy, DE1160C sonar; + 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, type 1007 radar, Compass e/o IR detector, 2x Panda e/o directors

Naval service: No significant events.

Descubierta 1980

Infanta Elena 2003

Diana 2003

Infanta Elena 2008

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