Navantia

First Maritime Action Ship (BAM) on Her Last Sea Trials

First Maritime Action Ship (BAM) on Her Last Sea Trials

Navantia

The first unit of Maritime Action Ship (BAM), P-41 'Meteoro', for the Spanish Navy has successfully finalised the last sea trials, prior to her commissioning on July 28. These sea trials have taken place on July 17-18, in order to test the perfect performance of the platform and combat systems, as well as to conduct noise evaluation.

The 'Meteoro', launched on October 16, 2009, is a moderately sized, high-performance ship with great mission versatility. It enjoys a high level of system commonality with other Spanish Navy ships and has low acquisition and life cycle costs.

The commissioning will be on July 28 at the naval base in Rota-Spain.

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: 93.9m
  • Maximum beam: 14.2m
  • Depth to flight deck: 7.2m
  • Displacement at full load: 2,575t
  • Scantling draught: 4.4m
  • Maximum speed: 20.5 knots
  • Autonomy (at 15kn): 8,000 miles
  • Crew: 35
  • Additional capacity: 35