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WELCOMING ADDRESS

The Commander and complement of the Naval Beach Group welcomes you and invites you to meet one of least known Spanish Navy Units. Nevertheless, it plays an important role in Naval Operations involving force projection, thanks to its LCM-1E landing craft. These craft have great cargo capacity, manoeuvrability and versatility which make them ideal for all type of operations: amphibious, humanitarian and peace-keeping. The Naval Beach Group is based at the Puntales Naval Station (Cádiz) and belongs to the 2nd Naval Action Force Group.



CHARACTERISTICS - NAVAL BEACH GROUP
CHARACTERISTICS
Characteristics Values
DISPLACEMENT 111 Tons.
LENGTH 23,3 meters.
BEAM 6,4 meters.
PROPULSIÓN

Engines: 2 PASCH/MAN engines of 809 KW each (2,300 rpm.

Propulsion: 2 MJP water jets of 785 Kw.
RANGE 190 miles transporting one combat tank.
CARGO CAPACITY

1 M60 A3/M88A1 type tank

1 LEOPARD type tank (62.5 tons)

2 C10T heavy lorries with trailer

6 HUMMER type vehicles

1 M-109 A2 + 1 M 992 vehicles

2 M-109 A2 vehicles

2 AAV amphibious vehicles

1 equipped Marine Corps company (170-strong)

1 medium lorry with container up to 20 tons with sea state 2/3

2 PIRANHA type vehicles

1 heavy lorry + 3 HUMMERS



What we do? - NAVAL BEACH GROUP

The Naval Beach Group is trained to take part in Amphibious Operations in support of Landing Forces and Ship-to-Shore movement. It disembarks personnel, vehicles, materiel and provisions in order to secure the success of any amphibious operation.



Where we are? - NAVAL BEACH GROUP

The Naval Beach Group is based at the Puntales Naval Station (Cádiz).



Who we are? - NAVAL BEACH GROUP

The current 114-strong Naval Beach Group consists of a Commander (Lt-Cdr.), 7 officers, 15 NCOs, 88 ratings and 1 civil servant. Most of them come from Andalusian provinces and from Galicia.



Our daily life - NAVAL BEACH GROUP

The craft are kept permanently operational with different maintenance drills checking electronic and mechanical systems, manoeuvre elements, communications, painting, etc. Personnel training is also carried out with our own craft and in collaboration with other units, with sorties and day’s runs.



Our history - NAVAL BEACH GROUP

The Naval Beach Group was set up in 1965 and is now structured within the Amphibious Command. There are three main sections: the Craft Unit, Pontoon Unit (no longer active) and the Naval Beach Team. The Craft Unit initially operated LCPLs, LCM-3s and LCM-6s. The procurement of an ex-US ship in the 70’s, the “Galicia”, opened up new possibilities as regards operability and modernization of the amphibious command. In 1972, the “Galicia” transported two ex-U.S. Navy craft: the L-71 and L-72, popularly known as “Frogs”. The Pontoon Unit was established in 1971 coinciding with the arrival of the old LSTs from the Landing Flotilla.

During the Sahara Crisis in November 1975, the LCUs took part in operation “Triton” with the Fleet Amphibious Group, ready to disembark the Marines on El -Aaiún beach. The following month they landed there to repatriate the Spanish troops deployed in the Sahara.

In the middle of the 90’s, the Spanish Navy received the Amphibious Ships “Hernán Cortés” and “Pizarro” along with two U.S. self-propelled pontoons (L-91 and L-92) and seven indigenous smaller pontoons built by Bazán (L-41 to L-47). In 1997 the Pontoon Unit participated in Operation “Amanecer” unloading the Spanish Legion in the port of Durres (Albania) from the amphibious transport ship “Aragón”.

The shipbuilding of the LPDs “Galicia” and “Castilla” enhanced the capability of the Naval Beach Group to operate from the well-decks of those amphibious ships. In 2001 NAVANTIA built in its San Fernando shipyards two prototypes of the future LCM-1Es. Subsequently, 12 LCM-1Es were built (14 units in total) which operate from the two LPDs and the LHD “Juan Carlos I” providing great flexibility to the projection capability of the Landing Force, and ample support to other humanitarian aid missions.

Main Operations and Exercises - NAVAL BEACH GROUP

The capability of the Naval Beach Group to carry out amphibious landings of both, personnel and vehicles, permits its participation in humanitarian aid missions.

The Group has taken part in many national and international exercises and operations: ADELFIBEX, ANFIBEX, CRISEX, MEDATEX, DRAGON HUMMER, DESTINED GLORY, EOLO, TAPON, ESPABRAS, etc., highlighting the perfect training and readiness of its personnel.

In the last years, the Naval Beach Group has taken part in several important operations: deployment in Central America in the aftermath of hurricane “Mitch” (November 1998 – January 1999), cleaning activities after the sinking – and subsequent oil spill – of the “Prestige” (December 2002 – February 2003), humanitarian aid operation “SJ” in Iraq (March – July 2003), operation “Solidarity Response” in Indonesia after the 2004 Tsunami, the peace-keeping operation “Libre Hidalgo” in support of the UN mission in the Lebanon (September – November 2006), operation “La Hispaniola” on board the LPD “Castilla” after the earthquake in Haiti (January – May 2010) and the maritime security operation “Atalanta” on board the LPD “Galicia” against piracy in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean (August – December 2010).
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