Spanish ship Castilla (L52)

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Ship LPD-Castilla-(L52).jpg
Castilla docked at the Rota naval base.
Name: Castilla
Namesake: Castilla
Ordered: 1991
Builder: Empresa Nacional Bazán
Laid down: May 1997
Launched: 14 June 1999
Commissioned: 29 June 2000
Homeport: Naval Station Rota
Identification: Pennant number: L52
Status: Ship in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Galicia-class landing platform dock
Displacement: 13,000 tonnes (13,000 long tons; 14,000 short tons)
Length: 160 m (520 ft)
Beam: 25 m (82 ft)
Draft: 6.2 m (20 ft)
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement: 185

Castilla (L52) is a Galicia-class landing platform dock (LPD), and is the twelfth ship of this name. She is the sister ship to the amphibious warfare vessel Galicia.


Humanitarian missions[edit]

On 28 October 2004, Castilla deployed to Cap-Haïtien, Haiti, and delivered some Marines.[1]

Castilla participated in the NATO exercise Operation Loyal Mariner 2005, as the flagship of the sea elements.[2]

Spain sends Castilla to New Orleans as part of NATO's Hurricane Katrina relief operation in Louisiana, in mid-September 2005.[3]

Castilla participated in the NATO exercise Operation Brilliant Mariner 2006, as the flagship of the sea elements.[4]

Castilla participated in the NATO exercise Operation Steadfast Jackpot 2006.[5]

Castilla is dispatched to help in Haiti earthquake relief, after the 12 January 2010 quake, as part of Operación Hispaniola, on 22 January 2010.

Operación Hispaniola[edit]

Spain dispatched Castilla to aid in relief efforts after the 7.0 magnitude 12 January 2010 Haiti earthquake.

The mission was announced on 19 January 2010, with the ship transporting a field hospital, 50 medical officers, 450 troops.[6] Also on board are three helicopters,[7] and several fast boats.[8]

Castilla left Rota on 22 January 2010, carrying 423 troops, and 4 helicopters, headed for Petit-Goâve, Haiti.[9]

On 1 February 2010, Castilla arrives at San Juan in Puerto Rico to pick up additional supplies.[10][11]

On 4 February 2010, Castilla arrives at Petit-Goâve.[10]

As of 5 February 2010, landing craft from the ship have started disgorging equipment.[12]

Castilla is expected to remain on-station at Petit-Goâve for three months.[13]

Rescue missions[edit]

On 10 May 2010, the Castilla was tasked to assist the motor yacht Sagamar, with its 33-year-old injured crew member. The team from Castilla successfully extracted the injured, began medical treatment and disembarked him in the Azores for further medical treatment.[14]


  1. ^ (in Spanish) El Periódico de Aragón, "Las tropas españolas en Haití montan el campamento", EFE, 30 October 2004 (accessed 7 February 2010)
  2. ^ (in Norwegian) Forsvaret, "Norge i uvant øvelsesrolle", 26 April 2005 (accessed 7 February 2010)
  3. ^ (in Spanish) Terra, "Buque "Castilla", listo salir en 48 horas si lo pide OTAN y EEUU", EFE, 12 September 2005 (accessed 7 February 2010)
  4. ^ (in Norwegian) Forsvaret, "Trener til Nato-beredskap", 4 March 2006 (accessed 7 February 2010)
  5. ^ (in Italian) Dedalonews, "Esercitazione “Steadfast Jackpot 2006″: la NATO Response Force verso la Full Operational Capability", M. Amatimaggio, 28 April 2006 (accessed 7 February 2010)
  6. ^ Monsters and Critics, "Spain to send warship to Haiti (2nd Roundup)", Deutsche Press-Agentur, 19 January 2010 (accessed 7 February 2010)
  7. ^ (in French) Mer et Marine, "L'Espagne dépêche le TCD Castilla à Port-au-Prince", 20 January 2010 (accessed 7 February 2010)
  8. ^ (in French) Le Figaro, "Haïti: l'Espagne envoie 450 militaires", AFP, 19 January 2010 (accessed 7 February 2010)
  9. ^ (in French) Ouest France, "Le navire-hopital espagnol devrait arriver à Petit-Goave début février" Archived 29 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine., 27 January 2010 (accessed 7 February 2010)
  10. ^ a b Latin American Herald Tribune, "Spanish Aid Ship Reaches Haiti", EFE, 4 February 2010 (accessed 7 February 2010)
  11. ^ (in Spanish) Agencia EFE, "El buque "Castilla" hace escala en Puerto Rico camino de Haití", 2 February 2010 (accessed 7 February 2010)
  12. ^ Latin American Herald Tribune, "Spanish Military on the Ground in Haiti", Jose Luis Paniagua, 5 February 2010 (accessed 7 February 2010)
  13. ^ AOL news, "Rural Haitians Say Aid Is Still Lacking" Archived 12 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine., Meredith Mandell, 8 February 2010 (accessed 9 February 2010)
  14. ^ Motor Yacht Sagamar, 15 May 2010 (accessed 1 September 2015)

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