Spanish frigate Numancia

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Name: SPS Numancia
Builder: Bazan
Laid down: 8 January 1986
Launched: 29 January 1987
Commissioned: 17 November 1989
Homeport: Rota, Cádiz
Identification: F83
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Santa Maria-class frigate
  • 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)+
Aircraft carried: SH-60 Seahawk LAMPS III helicopter

SPS Numancia (F83) is the third 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 8 January 1986, and launched on 29 January 1987, Numancia was commissioned in service on 17 November 1989.

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 are therefore able to carry more top weight. Fin stabilizers are fitted.

On 27 April 2009 Numancia seized the 9 somali pirates that tried to board MSC Melody.[1]

Other units of class[edit]


  1. ^ "La fragata española 'Numancia' apresa a 9 piratas somalíes acusados de atacar un crucero italiano" (in Spanish). 27 April 2009. Retrieved 17 November 2014.