The Spanish Maritime Action Ship (OPV in its international denomination) ‘Audaz’ (P-45) is the fifth unit of these modern patrol vessels built by Navantia in its San Fernando shipyards (Cadiz).
The launching was sponsored by the Minister of Defense María Dolores de Cospedal who said that ‘the capabilities of the first four units have been very successful, no matter the operation or scenario’.
This new OPV and her sister ship currently being built in Ferrol (NW Spain), reinforce the Spanish Navy capabilities on the one hand, and strengthen the role of Navantia as a major employer in the area.
The Minister underlined the contribution of the Navy to the defense of Spain’s national maritime interests, and she also highlighted that these ships are a good showcase of our shipbuilding industry.
The launching ceremony was attended by the President of SEPI (State-owned corporate group) Pilar Platero, the President of Navantia José Manuel Revuelta, the Lady Mayor of San Fernando, Patricia Cavada, and the Chief of Naval Staff Admiral General Jaime Muñoz-Delgado, along with other civilian and military authorities.
Offshore Patrol Vessel ‘Audaz’
The ‘Audaz’ is the first unit of a new batch of two patrol vessels (BAM in its Spanish initials). The 93.9 meter long ship has an aft flight deck and an endurance of 35 days. The ship can operate with a small crew of 46 thanks to her modern Platform Control Integrated System.
Of indigenous design, these offshore patrol vessels have successfully integrated into many international task groups in a wide variety of demanding scenarios.
The main missions of these patrol boats include maritime security, fight against marine pollution, search and rescue (SAR), tracking of possible illegal activities and collaboration with other Constabulary and State departments with responsibilities in the maritime domain (counter-terrorism and drug-trafficking).
Training Cruises on board the ‘Juan Sebastián de Elcano’ contribute to the nautical, military, social and human instruction of midshipmen from the Marin Naval Academy
The offshore patrol vessel (OPV) ‘Vigía’ set sail from Puntales Naval Station (Cadiz) to conduct a series of activities in Africa as part of the Defense Diplomacy Plan and a follow-on of the Africa Partnership Station (APS) initiative
The auxiliary oiler and replenishment ship (AOR) ‘Patiño’ is to integrate into the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG-2) for two months
F-100 frigate ‘Méndez Núñez’ left her home port in Ferrol (NW Spain) towards the Mediterranean Sea to integrate into the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG-2)
Frigate ‘Reina Sofía’ (F-84) set sail to integrate into the Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG-1) as part of this rapid reaction force deployed in Atlantic waters
The amphibious assault ship ‘Galicia’ set sail from Rota Naval Base to take part, as flagship, in the European Union counter-piracy Operation ‘Atalanta’ in the Indian Ocean
Frigate ‘Canarias’ (F-86), departed Rota Naval Base to integrate into EUNAVFOR’s mission ‘SOPHIA’ to help stop human trafficking in the central Mediterranean Sea.
The purpose is to enhance the interoperability between the Spanish Navy and the RAN, and to provide training to the crews of the Spanish-designed ‘Hobart’-class anti-air destroyers on board the AEGIS-equipped frigate ‘Cristóbal Colón’.
The oceanographic research ship ‘Hespérides’ has started the 22nd Antarctic Campaign in support of the Spanish science.