Santa María-class frigate
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SPS Santa María (F81)
|Name:||Santa María class|
|Builders:||Bazan, Ferrol, Spain|
|Preceded by:||Baleares class|
|Succeeded by:||Álvaro de Bazán class|
|Type:||Guided missile frigate|
|Displacement:||2851 ton, 3610 ton standard|
|Length:||138.8 m (455 ft 5 in)|
|Beam:||14.3 m (46 ft 11 in)|
|Draught:||8.6 m (28 ft 3 in)|
|Speed:||29 knots (54 km/h; 33 mph)|
|Sensors and |
|Electronic warfare |
|Nettunel (F-85 & F-86: Mk-3000) intercept, SLQ-25 Nixie, Mk36 SROC decoy launchers|
|Aircraft carried:||one or two SH-60 Seahawk LAMPS III|
Built in two batches, the second batch units (F-85 and 86) received some improvements, such as an improved combat-data system, updated SPS-49 and SQR-19 sets, and a new Meroka mount. The Mk92 Mod 6 CORT replaced the previous Mod 4, providing better capabilities against sea-skimming missiles. The electronic warfare suite was also updated.
Spanish ships have a slightly bigger beam and were built with a greater weight reserve for future improvements. Other changes from the basic model include Meroka replacing Phalanx and a RAN-12L air search radar to provide low horizon coverage against sea skimmers cueing the Meroka CIWS mount. The Nettunel EW suite (based on the Italian Nettuno built in Spain) replaced the SLQ-32 system fitted aboard US ships.
The class is currently receiving a mid-life update (MLU), including a new EW suite, improved combat-data system, an upgrade of the Mk92 FCS, new electrical generators, the removal of the SQR-19 TACTASS towed array and habitability improvements. Four ships have already been modernized.
Units of class
All are homeported in Rota, Spain.
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- MaritimeQuest Oliver Hazard Perry Class Overview
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