Final BAM Commissioned into Spanish Navy

January 22, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, accompanied by the Admiral Chief of Staff of the Navy, Teodoro E. López Calderón, presided yesterday January 21 at the Military Arsenal of Ferrol, the act of delivery to the Navy of the Vessel of Action Maritime “Furor”.

The act was developed following the rules of the maritime ceremonial and began with the inspection of the ship and the signing of the documentation of reception of the same. Subsequently, the inauguration took place on behalf of the Commander of the ship, corvette captain Angel Morales, endorsed by the Commander of the Maritime Action Force units in Cartagena, Captain Jorge Hernández de Armijo Fernando. After the oath by the Commander, there was the blessing of the national flag followed by the boarding of his crew and the first hoisting of the flag on board. After the ceremony, the Minister of Defense and the authorities accompanying him went aboard to greet the crew and make a brief tour of the interior of the ship.

The event was attended by the president of the Xunta de Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijoo; Secretary of State for Defense, Ángel Olivares; and the mayor of Ferrol, Jorge Juan Suárez, among other authorities.

The construction of the “Furor” has required 49 months of work. This is the sixth ship of the BAM program of the Spanish Navy and with which they are replacing their old patrol boats. It will be based on the Military Arsenal of Cartagena.

Its capabilities allow it to carry out missions such as monitoring maritime pollution, acting as a hospital in case of humanitarian catastrophe or fighting piracy in international waters. Built by the Spanish company Navantia, they have stood out for their excellent performance in the different missions they have participated, both national and international: from maritime surveillance operations and spaces of national interest, to exercises and international operations such as Operation Atalanta, or exercises of training of friendly and allied Marines in the waters of the Gulf of Guinea (African Partnership).

In addition, the “Furor” is equipped with a health care area with consultation and hospitalization areas, and has telemedicine facilities and advanced life support medical equipment. It has the most modern command and control, combat and communications systems, as well as habitability elements superior to those recommended by the NATO regulations.

The BAM “Furor” displaces 2,840 tons, has a length of 93.90 meters, 14.20 meters of beam, and can reach a speed of 20.5 knots. Its staff consists of 48 troops. It has a flight deck capable of operating with Augusta Bell 212, NH-90, SH-60 B helicopters, or unmanned aerial vehicles. As for the armament, the “Furor” is equipped with a Oto Melara 3-inch forward gun (76 mm), 2 Bushmaster M242 25 mm cannons. and 2 heavy machine guns Browning M2 of 12 mm.