Spanish frigate Álvaro de Bazán (F101)

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Álvaro de Bazán underway in 2005
Career (Spain)
Name: Álvaro de Bazán
Namesake: Álvaro de Bazán
Builder: NAVANTIA-IZAR, Astillero Ferrol
Cost: 600 million €
Identification: pennant number: F101
General characteristics
Class & type: Álvaro de Bazán-class frigate
Displacement: 5.800 tons full load
Length: 146.7 metres (481 ft)
Beam: 18.6 metres (61 ft)
Draft: 4.75 metres (15.6 ft)
Propulsion: CODAG
2 × General Electric LM2500 gas turbines
2 × Caterpillar 3600 diesel engines
Speed: 28.5 knots (52.8 km/h; 32.8 mph)
Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,300 km; 5,200 mi)
Complement: 250 (48 officers)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Lockheed Martin AN/SPY-1D 3-D multifunction radar
Raytheon SPS-67(V)4 surface search radar
Raytheon DE1160 LF active and passive sonar
Thales Scout navigation radar
2 × Raytheon SPG-62 Mk99 radar illuminator
Aegis combat system
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
4 × FMC SRBOC Mk36 flare launchers
SLQ-25A Enhanced Nixie torpedo countermeasures
Indra SLQ-380 EW suite
CESELSA Elnath Mk 9000 interceptor
Armament: 1 × 5-inch/54 Mk45 Mod 2 gun
Provision for one CIWS FABA 20mm/120 Meroka system.
1 48 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems
32 × Standard SM-2MR Block IIIA
64 × RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile
8 × McDonnell Douglas RGM-84 Harpoon anti-shipping missile
4 × 324 mm Mk32 Mod 9 triple Torpedo launchers with 12 Honeywell Mk46 mod 5 Torpedo
Aircraft carried: 1 × Sikorsky SH-60B LAMPS III Seahawk

Álvaro de Bazán is the lead ship of the Álvaro de Bazán-class of air defence frigates entering service with the Spanish Navy. She is named after Admiral Álvaro de Bazán.

Operational history[edit]

In late 2005, Álvaro de Bazán was deployed as part of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier battle group in the Persian Gulf. This was the first deployment of a Spanish warship as part of an American naval battle group.

Álvaro de Bazán sailing from Portsmouth Naval Base in September 2009

In early March 2007, Álvaro de Bazán became the first Spanish warship to visit Australia in 150 years. The deployment included several port visits, and was performed to support Navantia's bid to design the Hobart-class destroyer for the Royal Australian Navy. The ship was also visiting Australia as part of the first circumnavigation of the globe by a Spanish warship in 142 years.[1]

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