Spanish frigate Santa María (F81)

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SPS Santa María (F81)
Career Spanish Navy Ensign
Name: SPS Santa María (F81)
Builder: Bazan
Laid down: 22 May 1982
Launched: 11 November 1984
Commissioned: 12 October 1986
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 Santa María (F81) is the lead ship of six Spanish-built Santa Maria-class frigates, based on the American Oliver Hazard Perry class design, of the Spanish Navy.

Laid down on 22 May 1982 and launched on 11 November 1984, the Santa María was commissioned into service on 12 October 1986.

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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