Spain Navy

Spanish Navy

R-11 Príncipe de Asturias: Launched in 1988 and modernized with new radars in 1990 this ship, the flagship of the Spanish Navy is very modern and capable. She carries 8 AV-8B Harrier II, 8 Sea Kings, 4 AB-212 and 2 Sea King AEW. At war start she is conducting a port visit to Rio de Janeiro as part of a 4 month tour aimed at training and validating the use of the Spanish Navy's new AOR (A-14 Patiño).

Santa María-class frigate: The six ships of this class are based on the US Oliver Hazard Perry class with a wider beam and a different close in weapons suite. These ships are all less than 10 years old and the final batch were purchased earlier in Northern Fury so all are available by the end of 1993, although F86 Canarias is still undergoing sea trials.

PennantNameLocation
F 81Santa Maria Persian Gulf
F 82Victoria Tied Up
F 83Numancia USS Eisenhower Gp
F 84Reina Sofia P de Asturias Gp
F 85Navarra Western Med
F 86Canarias Workups Rota

Baleares Class Frigate: These five ships are based on the US Knox class but much improved with 'Standard' air defence missiles and improved sonar, but this was at the cost of helicopter facilities.

PennantNameLocation
F 71Baleares Off Gibraltar
F 72Andalucia Western Med
F 73Cataluna CTF 150 Somalia
F 74Asturias P de Asturias Gp
F 75ExtremaduraTied Up

Descubrta-class Corvette: The six 1500 ton corvettes or Patrol Frigates of the Descubierta class primarily focus on surface warfare, with only limited short range air defence and ASW capability. These ships are a cost effective expedient to patrol Spain's long coastline or show the flag on occasional international missions.

PennantNameLocation
F 31Decubierta Off Gibraltar
F 32Diana Caribbean
F 33Infanta Elena Tied Up
F 34Infanta Cristina Coruna
F 35Cazadora Eastern Med
F 36Vencedora Refit

Serviola-class patrol boat: The four ships in this class were all commissioned in 91 and 92. They are designed for offshore patrol and are able to maintain operations in heavy seas, operate a helicopter although none are normally embarked and deploy its two RHIBs.

PennantNameLocation
P 71Serviola Bay of Biscay
P 72CentinelaTied Up
P 73Vigia Off Vigo
P 74Atalaya Tied Up

Amphibious forces: The Spanish Navy has a small Marine Brigade (Tercio de Armada) of two battalions, two artillery batteries, a tank company with M48 Patton tanks, amphibious tractors and various other elements. Unfortunately there is very little in the way of amphibious landing capability; two Dock Landing Ships are being designed, two 'Newport' class LSTs were retained by the US and not sold to Spain. Therefore, Spain has the following, all based at Rota:

  • 2x 1950's era Attack Transports of WW2 design
  • 3x 1950's era LSTs of WW2 design
  • 2x LCU 1466
  • 3x K class LCT
  • Various landing craft

USS Paul Revere (APA-248), sold to Spain in 1980 as L-21 Castilla (L-21)
L11 Velasco ex US LST-1156 Terrebonne Parish

Agosta Class Submarines: These four French designed Submarines are very capable SSK or conventionally powered attack submarines. These submarines have the endurance for long journeys and routinely patrol thorough the Mediterranean and beyond.

PennantNameLocation
S 71Galerna Tied Up
S 72Siroco Off Gibraltar
S 73Mistral Off Syria
S 74Tramontana Tied Up

Daphné-class submarine: The four Daphne class submarines are older and smaller than the Agosta's but their 8 forward and 4 stern firing torpedo tubes make for an impressive first strike on a group of targets. Used primarily for costal patrolling on both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic coast of Spain.

PennantNameLocation
S 61Delfin Bay of Biscay
S 62Tonina Tied Up
S 63MarsopaOff Gibraltar
S 64Narval Tied Up

AOR A-14 Patiño: The new ship, and new type for the Spanish Fleet is the Fast Replenishment Oiler (AOR) Patiño. Designed specifically to provide mission support to the Príncipe de Asturias aircraft carrier and its escort, allowing them to venture globally rather than being confined to the Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic or relying on allies. This ship was historically commissioned in 1995 but in Northern Fury with funds freed up by not purchasing the American amphibious ships, she was laid down a year earlier and commissioned 18 months earlier than in the real world. A sister ship, the Cantabria (A15) is planned but not yet ordered.