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Baleares class



Overview


Baleares class frigate

Forward view of F74 Asturias, the fourth ship in the Spanish Baleares class of frigates.
Source: Jaime Rafael - © GNU Attribution Share Alike license

Origin
Spain
Type
Frigate
Service life
1974 - 2008
Status
Out of service
Development
Mid 1960's
Developer
United States
Spain
Production
1969 - 1976
Producer
Spain - Navantia, Ferrol
Number produced
5
Designations
F71 class (pennant number)
Notable users
Spain

Details


Facts Baleares class (modernized)
General
Origin
Spain
Type
Frigate
Complement
256, including 15 officers
Dimensions
Displacement
4.177 t full load
3.350 t standard
Length
133.6 m
Beam
14.3 m
Draft
7.8 m to sonar
4.7 m hull
Propulsion
Arrangement
Steam powered
Engines
2x V2M boiler
1x Westinghouse turbine
Power output
35.000 hp
Propulsion
1 shaft
Mobility
Speed
28 kt
Range
4.500 nm at 20 kt
Sensors
Air search
1x Hughes SPS-52B, 3D E/F-band radar
Surface search
1x Raytheon SPS-10, G-band radar
Sonar
DE 1160, hull mounted active search
Sonar
SQS-35V, variable depth sonar
Fire control
1x Western Electric SPG-53B, I/J-band for 127mm
Fire control
1x Raytheon SPG-51C, G/I-band for Standard
Fire control
2x Selenia RAN 12L, I-band for Meroka
Fire control
2x Sperry VPS 2 for Meroka
Navigation
1x Raytheon Marine Pathfinder
Systems
Combat data management
Tritan 1
Communications
Link 11
Communications
Saturn SATCOM
Decoys
4x6 SRBOC Mk 36 Mod 2 chaff
ESM
Ceselsa Deneb
ECM
Ceselsa Canopus
Guns
Dual purpose
1x 127mm Mk 42 Mod 9
CIWS
2x 20mm Meroka
Self-defense
2x 12.7mm M2HB
SSM
Launchers
2x4 Mk 141
Missiles
8x RGM-84 Harpoon, often only 4 carried
SAM
Launcher
1x Mk 22 Mod 0
Missiles
16x Standard SM-1MR
ASW
ASW rocket
1x8 Mk 112 launcher for RUR-5 ASROC
8 reloads carried
Torpedoes
4x 324mm Mk 32 torpedo tube
Mk 46 MOD 5 torpedoes
Aircraft
Facilities
This Spanish variant of Knox class has no helicopter facilities

Subcomponents


Armament

127mm Mk 42

1x 127mm MK42 dual purpose gun on bow.

RUR-5 ASROC

1x8 Mk-16 launcher for combination RUR-5 ASROC and RGM-84 Harpoon. After refit only used for ASROC. 8 ASROC ready to launch, 8 more in storage.

RGM-84 Harpoon

RGM-84 Harpoon. First fired from Mk 16 launcher for RUR-5 ASROC. After refit two dedicated quadruple Mk 141 launch tubes.

Standard SM-1MR

1x Mk 22 single arm launcher for Standard SM-1MR

20mm Meroka

2x 20mm Meroka CIWS fitted during refit.

Mk 37 heavyweight torpedo

2x1 Mk 25 single tube launchers for MK 37 torpedo. Removed during refit.

Mk 46 lightweight torpedo

4x1 torpedo tubes for Mk 46 torpedo added during refit.

Browning M2HB

2x 12.7mm M2HB fitted for self-defense.

Related articles


Knox class

The Baleares class is a modified US Knox class design built under license in Spain.