Descubierta class corvette


Descubierta class corvette
Infanta Elena (P-76) 080416-N-9855D-116.jpg
SPS Infanta Elena (P-76), ex-F33, a corvette of the Descubierta class
Class overview
Name: Descubierta class corvette
Builders: Bazan, Ferrol & Cartagena
Operators: Spanish Navy, Egyptian Navy, Moroccan Navy
Built: 1975-1984
Completed: 9
Active: 8
Retired: 1
General characteristics
Type: Corvette
Displacement: 1,233 tons standard, 1,482 tons full load
Length: 88.8 m
Beam: 10.4 m
Draught: 3.8 m
Propulsion: 2 shaft, 4 MTU diesel engines, 16,000 hp (12,000 kW)
Speed: 25 knots
Range: 4,000 nautical miles (7,400 km) at 18 knots (33 km/h)
Complement: 118
Armament:

The Descubierta-class corvettes were a series of corvettes built for the Spanish Navy in the late 1970s and early 1980s. These ships were also sold to the Egyptian Navy and the Moroccan Navy. The ships were designed in cooperation with the German company Blohm & Voss, based on the João Coutinho class corvettes which were designed in the late 1960s for the Portuguese Navy, by the Portuguese naval engineer Rogério de Oliveira. A larger version was proposed for a second batch but the Spanish Navy chose to build the American Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates under licence instead.

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Ships

Spanish Navy

Ship Pennant number Builder Commissioned Current Status
Descubierta F31 Cartagena 18 November 1978 Decomm 30 June 2009[1]
Diana F32 Cartagena 30 June 1979 Transformed to MCM support ship M-11
Infanta Elena F33 Cartagena 12 April 1980 In service as patrol craft P-76
Infanta Cristina F34 Cartagena 24 November 1980 In service as patrol craft P-77
Cazadora F35 Ferrol 2 July 1981 In service as patrol craft P-78
Vencedora F36 Ferrol 27 March 1982 In service as patrol craft P-79

Egyptian Navy

Ship Pennant number Builder Commissioned Current Status
El Suez F941 Bazan, Ferrol 21 August 1984 In service
Aboukir F946 Bazan, Ferrol 27 October 1984 In service

Royal Moroccan Navy

Moroccan ship has Exocet missiles instead of Harpoon

Ship Pennant number Builder Commissioned Current Status
Lieutenant Colonel Errhamani 501 Bazan, Ferrol 26 February 1982 In service

Gallery

References

  • Conway's All the World's Fighting ships 1947-1995

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