List of active Spanish Navy ships

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This is a list of active Spanish Navy ships, complete and correct as of December 2016.[1][2] There are approximately 77 vessels in the Navy, including minor auxiliary vessels. A breakdown includes; one amphibious assault ship (also used as an aircraft carrier), two amphibious transport docks, 11 frigates, three submarines, six mine countermeasure vessels, 22 patrol vessels and a number of auxiliary ships. The total displacement of the Spanish Navy is approximately 225,000 tonnes.

Submarine fleet[edit]

Class Picture Type Boat Displacement Note
Galerna class Galerna class Attack submarine Galerna (S71)
Mistral (S73)
Tramontana (S74)
1,760 tonnes To be replaced by four S-80-class submarines.

Surface fleet[edit]

Aircraft carrier and amphibious warfare[edit]

Class Picture Type Ship Displacement Note
Juan Carlos I Juan Carlos I Amphibious assault ship (LHD)-aircraft carrier[3] Juan Carlos I (L61) 27,079 tonnes
Galicia class Galicia class Amphibious transport dock (LPD) Galicia (L51)
Castilla (L52)
13,815 tonnes Castilla is equipped as amphibious command ship.

Major surface combatants[edit]

Class Picture Type Ship Displacement Note
Álvaro de Bazán class Álvaro de Bazán class Air-defence frigate (Aegis) Álvaro de Bazán (F101)
Almirante Juan de Borbón (F102)
Blas de Lezo (F103)
Méndez Núñez (F104)
Cristóbal Colón (F105)
6,391 tonnes[4] Considered destroyers due to size, armament, and role.[5]
Santa María class Santa Maria-class frigate General-purpose frigate Santa María (F81)
Victoria (F82)
Numancia (F83)
Reina Sofía (F84)
Navarra (F85)
Canarias (F86)
4,017 tonnes US Navy Oliver Hazard Perry design, but built locally in two batches. To be replace by five F110-class frigates.


Class Picture Type Ship Displacement Note
Meteoro class[6] Meteoro class Offshore patrol vessel Meteoro (P-41)
Rayo (P-42)
Relámpago (P-43)
Tornado (P-44)
Audaz (P-45)
Furor (P-46)
2,670 tonnes[7]
Descubierta class Descubierta class Patrol boat Infanta Elena (P76)
Infanta Cristina (P77)
1,640 tonnes Former corvettes with pennants F33 and F34.
Serviola class Serviola class Patrol boat Serviola (P71)
Centinela (P72)
Vigía (P73)
Atalaya (P74)
1,106 tonnes
Chilreu class Chilreu class Patrol boat Alborán (P62)
Arnomendi (P63)
Tarifa (P64)
1,918 tonnes
Anaga class Anaga class Patrol boat Tagomago (P22)
Medas (P26)
Tabarca (P28)
319 tonnes
Toralla class Toralla class Patrol boat Toralla (P81)
Formentor (P82)
133 tonnes
Aresa class P-101 Patrol boat P101
21 tonnes
Cabo Fradera (P201) Cabo Fradera (P-201) Patrol boat Cabo Fradera (P201) 28 tonnes

Mine countermeasures[edit]

Class Picture Type Ship Displacement Note
Segura class Segura class Minehunter Segura (M31)
Sella (M32)
Tambre (M33)
Turia (M34)
Duero (M35)
Tajo (M36)
585 tonnes

Auxiliary fleet[edit]


Class Picture Type Ship Displacement Note
Patiño Patiño Replenishment oiler Patiño (A14) 17,045 tonnes Usually operates with three Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King helicopters.
Cantabria Cantabria Replenishment oiler Cantabria (A15) 19,500 tonnes

Transport, sealift[edit]

Class Picture Type Ship Displacement Note
Contramaestre Casado Transport ship Contramaestre Casado (A01) 5,300 tonnes Cargo ship.
Martin Posadillo Ro-ro ship Martín Posadillo (A04) 2,300 tonnes Operated by Spanish Army until 2000.
El Camino Español Ro-ro ship El Camino Español (A05) 4,560 tonnes Operated by Spanish Army until 2000.


Class Picture Type Ship Displacement Note
Juan Sebastián Elcano Juan Sebastián Elcano Sail training vessel Juan Sebastián Elcano (A71) 3,700 tonnes Built in 1927.


Alerta (A111), called "Atila"
  • EW support ship (1 in service)
    • A111 Alerta (1992) (ex-Jasmund/GDR 1982)
  • Submarine rescue ship (1 in service)
    • A20 Neptuno (1989) (ex-Amapola 1975)
  • Salvage tug (1 in service)
    • A101 Mar Caribe (1975)
  • Fleet tugs (2 in service)
    • A53 La Graña (1987) (ex-Punta Amer 1982)
    • A51 Mahón (1981) (ex-Circos 1977)
Hespérides (A53)
Las Palmas (A52)
  • Polar research ships (2 in service)
  • Hydrographic ships (5 in service)
    • A23 Antares (1974)
    • A31 Malaspina (1975)
    • A32 Tofiño (1975)
    • A91 Astrolabio (2001)
    • A92 Escandallo (2004)
  • Training ships (13 in service)
    • A41Intermares (2018)
    • A72 Arosa (1981) (ex-Algoma 1931)
    • A74 La Graciosa (1988) (ex-Dejá vu ?)
    • A75 Sisargas (1995) (ex-Isabelle 1982)
    • A76 Giralda (1993) (ex-Juan de Borbon's yacht),[8] 1958)
    • A78 Peregrina (2007)
    • A82 Contramaestre Navarrete (1983)
    • A83 Contramaestre Sanchez Fernandez (1983)
    • A84 Contramaestre Antero (1984)
    • A85 Contramaestre Lamadrid (1984)
    • A121 Guardiamarina Barrutia (2006)
    • A122 Guardiamarina Chereguini (2006)
    • A123 Guardiamarina Rull (2007)
    • A124 Guardiamarina Salas (2007)
  • Approximately 90 patrol boats of the Maritime Component of the Servicio de Vigilancia Aduanera are technically classified as Spanish Navy Auxiliary vessels.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Armada Española Web Page. Surface Ships Archived 2008-09-13 at the Wayback Machine,
  2. ^ Armada Española Web Page. Submarines Archived 2008-09-13 at the Wayback Machine,
  3. ^ Juan Carlos I Archived 2013-06-17 at the Wayback Machine,
  4. ^ ABC. "La fragata F-105 «Cristóbal Colón» pasa a disposición de la Armada Española". Archived from the original on 2013-12-08. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  5. ^ "News & Media: Defence Portal: Department of Defence: Department of Defence, Australian Government". Archived from the original on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2017-01-18.
  6. ^ "Navantia will build two new BAM type OPV's for the Spanish Navy". May 14, 2014. Archived from the original on May 24, 2014. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
  7. ^ "BAM Meteoro". Archived from the original on 2013-09-05. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  8. ^ A-76 Giralda Archived 2011-07-13 at the Wayback Machine,