Galicia-class landing platform dock

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Galicia deliving humanitarian supplies to Iraq.jpg
Galicia delivering humanitarian supplies to Iraq.
Class overview
Builders: Navantia
Operators: Spanish Navy
Completed: 2
Active: 2
General characteristics
Type: Landing platform dock
Displacement: 13,815 tonnes full load
Length: 166.2 metres (545 ft)
Beam: 25 metres (82 ft)
Draft: 5.8 metres (19 ft)
Propulsion: 4 diesel Caterpillar 3612 (two in tandem per shaft) at 16.2 MW, 2 shafts
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph) maximum
19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph) sustained
Range: 6,000 nautical miles (11,000 km; 6,900 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Endurance: 6 weeks
Boats & landing
craft carried:
4 LCM-1E and two RHIB
Capacity: 600 fully equipped soldiers and 130 APCs or 33 MBTs
Complement: 185
Sensors and
processing systems:
DA08 air / surface search IRSCAN SATCOM, Link 1, JMCIS
Armament: 4 Sippican Hycor SRBOC MK36 launcher 1 AN/SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo decoy Indra SLQ-380 Aldebarán 2 × Oerlikon Contraves 20 mm cannons
Aircraft carried: 4 SH-3 Sea King or 6 NH-90 helicopters

The Galicia class is a class of two 13,900 t landing platform dock ships, belonging to the Spanish Navy. Built by Navantia in Ferrol, their mission is to carry amphibious warfare by transporting the bulk of the Infantería de Marina.

These ships have both a large helicopter deck and a 885-square-metre (9,530 sq ft) well deck for large landing craft, plus a 1,000-square-metre (11,000 sq ft) garage for up to 33 main battle tanks.

The SPS Galicia (L51) was commissioned in 1998 and the SPS Castilla (L52) in 2000. The Galicia and the Castilla are based at the Rota naval base in Spain.

The class is the result of a joint project between Spain and the Netherlands for developing a common class of LPD that would fulfill the needs of both countries to replace older ships, which resulted in the Enforcer design. Thus, the Galicia class is similar to the Rotterdam class.

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