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SPANISH NAVY (SPAIN)

AMPHIBIOUS SHIPS AND CRAFT

CASTILLA amphibious transports (1953-1954/1980)

Castilla 1990

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
Castilla (ex-Paul Revere, ex-Diamond Mariner) TA21, 1986- L21 New York SB, Camden, USA 15/5/1952 11/4/1953 22/12/1953 // 3/9/1958 // 17/1/1980 stricken 6/1998
Aragón (ex-Francis Marion, ex-Prairie Mariner) TA22, 1986- L22 New York SB, Camden, USA 1953 13/2/1954 25/5/1954 // 6/7/1961 // 11/7/1980 stricken 11/2000

 

Displacement light, t

10709

Displacement full, t

16838

Length, m

172.0

Breadth, m

23.2

Draught, m

7.90

No of shafts

1

Machinery

De Laval geared steam turbines, 2 Foster Wheeler boilers

Power, h. p.

22000

Max speed, kts

22

Fuel, t

oil

Endurance, nm (kts)

10000(20)

Armament

4 x 2 - 76/50 Mk 33, helicopter deck

Military load

1657 troops, 1900 t of cargo, 7 LCM(6), 5 LCVP, 3 LCP(L)

Sensors

L21: SPS-12, SPS-10, 4x SPG-34 radars, WLR-1, ULQ-6 ECM suites, 4x Mk 36 SRBOC decoy RL

L22: SPS-40, SPS-10, 4x SPG-34 radars, WLR-1, ULQ-6 ECM suites, 4x Mk 36 SRBOC decoy RL

Complement

307

Ship project history: Paul Revere, Francis Marion and Tulare, the only new AKA and APA construction of the 1950s, were conversions of 'Mariner' cargo hulls (C4-S-1A). The two attack (personnel) transports were fitted as amphibious squadron flagships or as troop commander or transport division flagships; they could handle landing craft and heavy vehicles with 10t, 30t and 60t cargo booms. In an early example of adaptation to helicopter operation, their helicopter decks were served by cargo elevators. Aragón served as flagship for Amphibious Command.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: No significant events.

Castilla 1988

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