Spanish frigate Canarias (F86)

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Canarias (F86)
Career Spanish Navy Ensign
Name: SPS Canarias (F86)
Builder: Bazan
Laid down: 15 April 1992
Launched: 21 June 1993
Commissioned: 1995
Homeport: Rota, Cádiz
Status: in active service, as of 2014
General characteristics
Class & type: Santa Maria-class frigate
Displacement: 2,851 long tons (2,897 t) light
3,610 long tons (3,668 t) standard
4,177 long tons (4,244 t) full load
Length: 138.8 m (455 ft 5 in)
Beam: 14.3 m (46 ft 11 in)
Draft: 8.6 m (28 ft 3 in)
Propulsion: 2 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines generating 41,000 shp (31 MW) coupled to a single shaft and controllable pitch propeller
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)+
Armament: OTO Melara Mk 75 76 mm/62 caliber naval gun
Mk 32 triple-tube (324 mm) launcher for Mark 46 torpedoes
Mk 13 Missile Launcher for RGM-84 Harpoon SSM and SM-1MR Block VIB SAM
• 20 mm Meroka CIWS 12 barrel AA system
Aircraft carried: SH-60 Seahawk LAMPS III helicopter

SPS Canarias (F86), is the last of the six Spanish-built Santa Maria-class frigates, based on the American Oliver Hazard Perry class design, of the Spanish Navy.

Laid down on 15 April 1992, and launched on 21 June 1993, Canarias was commissioned in service in 1995.

The ship features a series of improvements to her previous sisters, with a new Meroka mod 2B CIWS, and upgraded fire control systems with Mk.92 mod6 CORT (Coherent Receiver Transmitter) and SPS-49(v)5 radar instead of previous (v)4.

All of these Spanish frigates have the length of the later Oliver Hazard Perry frigates, and have a wider beam than the US Navy design, and therefore able to carry more top weight. Fin stabilizers are fitted.

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