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SPANISH NAVY (SPAIN)

ESCORTS

RIGEL patrol vessels

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Rigel   SECN, Cartagena 1944 --- --- cancelled 1945
Aldebarán   SECN, Cartagena 1944 --- --- cancelled 1945

  

Displacement standard, t

462

Displacement full, t

567

Length, m

47.1 pp 52.0 oa

Breadth, m

8.30

Draught, m

3.01

No of shafts

1

Machinery

VTE, 2 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

1200

Max speed, kts

14.5

Fuel, t

coal 100

Endurance, nm(kts) 3000(11)

Armament

1 x 1 - 105/43 NM42 or 1 x 1 - 76/50 Vickers TR, 2 x 2 - 20/65 C/38, 2 DCT, mines

Complement

36

Ship project history: Patrols for Spanish Sahara, designed since 1943. 12 ships of the class (Rigel, Aldebarán, Sirius, Vega, Antares, Arcturus, Canopus, Polar, Régulo, Altair, Cástor, Póllux) were ordered 30/3/1944 and preparation works were started on SECN (Cartagena). After WWII Spanish shipbuilding industry had strong shortage of materials because of international isolation. As a result all class was cancelled, and laid down Rigel and Aldebarán were re-ordered as minesweepers Guadiaro and Tinto. Later new patrols Procyón and Pegaso were built under renewed design.

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