Navantia Cadiz Launches Audaz (P 45) for Spanish Navy


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March 30, 2017 – Navantia launched on March 30, at 17:57 hours in the shipyard of San Fernando, the Marine Action Ship P-45 “Audaz”, for the Spanish Navy. The ceremony was sponsored by Defense Minister María Dolores de Cospedal García. The construction of the BAM, until its delivery in 2018, involves 1.1 million hours of work for Navantia Bahía de Cádiz.
In addition to the Minister of Defense, the launching ceremony was attended by, among others, the Minister of Economy and Knowledge of the Junta de Andalucía, Antonio Ramírez de Arellano; The mayor of San Fernando, Patricia Cavada Montañés; The Admiral Chief of the General Staff of the Navy, Jaime Muñoz-Delgado and Diaz del Río; The president of SEPI, Pilar Platero Sanz and the president of Navantia, José Manuel Revuelta Lapique.
This ship is the fifth of this type to be built, and the first of the second series that Navantia contracted with the Spanish Navy, according to the Order of Execution signed on December 5, 2014. It was in 2006 when Navantia was commissioned the first Series, which was concluded in 2012 after the construction and delivery to the Spanish Navy of four BAMs, with the names of “Meteoro”, “Lightning”, “Lightning” and “Tornado”. These vessels have successfully participated in numerous national and international operations.
The construction of this ship means for Navantia Bahía de Cádiz 1.1 million hours of work, both for the own staff and for the auxiliary industry. Likewise, and with the same workload, the Navantia shipyards in the Ría de Ferrol are building the sixth BAM, P-46 “Furor”, which will be launched soon. The P-45 “Audaz” and the P-46 “Furor” will enter into service from 2018.
The keel of BAM “Audaz” took place on April 29, 2016, being the third vessel of the Spanish Navy to receive this name. The two previous ones were destructive; The first served between 1898 and 1924 and the second from 1953 to 1974.
Versatility and high performance
The BAMs are characterized by modern ships with advanced technology, moderate size, high performance, great versatility in terms of missions, high level of commonality with other ships of the Navy and cost of acquisition and reduced life cycle.
They will incorporate all measures regarding MARPOL environmental regulations, such as new propulsion, auxiliary and emergency engines, as well as the wastewater treatment plant TAR.
It will also incorporate improvements aimed at reducing weight, new equipment derived from obsolescence, suitability for a larger endowment and the application of updated regulations on prevention and operational safety.
Its main missions are:
Protection and escort of other ships
Control of maritime traffic
Control and neutralization of terrorist actions and piracy
Operations against drug trafficking and trafficking in persons
Maritime Rescue and Rescue Operations
Support for crisis situations and humanitarian aid
Control of fisheries legislation
Control of environmental and anti-pollution legislation