Spanish frigate Canarias (F86)

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Canarias (F86)
Career (Spain)
Name: Canarias
Builder: Bazan
Laid down: 15 April 1992
Launched: 21 June 1993
Commissioned: 1995
Homeport: Rota, Cádiz
Identification: F86
Status: in active service, as of 2015
General characteristics
Class and 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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