Spanish Principe de Asturias (R11) VSTOL Carrier

The Pri­ncipe de Asturias (R11) is an aircraft carrier, and the flagship of the Spanish Navy. Principe de Asturias is currently the flagship of the Spanish fleet. 

The design is basically that of the initial US Navy Sea Control Ship design of the 1970s, modified to enable V/STOL aircraft to be carried. Constructed by the National Company Bazan (then Empresa Nacional Bazan, now Navantia) in their shipyard at Ferrol. The keel was laid on 8 October 1979. She was launched on 22 May 1982. The ship made her first sea trials in November 1987. Principe de Asturias was delivered to the Navy on 30 May 1988. 

The ship is permanently assigned to the Alpha Group, comprising the carrier and six Santa Maria-class frigates (a Spanish version of the USN Oliver Hazard Perry FFGs). Other vessels such as logistic ships, tankers and corvettes are frequently assigned to the Group when required. Principe de Asturias and the Alpha Group have participated in peace support operations in the Adriatic Sea. 

Country Name Origin Year
Spain 1982
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Spain 1988 2008 View

Ordered: 29 May 1977

Laid down: 8 October 1979

Displacement: 13,400 tons empty, 

17,190 tons full load

Length: 197 metres (650 ft)

Beam: 24.3 metres (80 ft)

Draught: 9.4 metres (31 ft)

Propulsion: 2 x General Electric LM2500+ gas turbines in COGAG configuration

Speed: 27 knots (50 km/h)

Range: 6,500 nautical miles (12,000 km)

Complement: 600 ship crew, 230 air crew

Sensors and processing systems: Raytheon SPS-52C/D 3D air search radar

ISC Cardion SPS-55 surface search radar

ITT SPN-35A aircraft control radar

FABA SPG-M2B fire control radar

SELEX Sistemi Integrati RTN-11L/X missile approach warning radar

Selex RAN 12 L target designation radar

Electronic warfare and decoys: Nettunel electronic countermeasures unit

Super RBOC

Sensytech AN/SLQ-25 Nixie decoy

Armament: 4 x FABA Meroka Mod 2B CIWS

12 x Oerlikon L120 20 mm guns

Aircraft carried: 29 fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft

Aviation facilities: 12 degree ski jump 46.5 m in length

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