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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 Royal 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 Italian Lupo-class frigates under license instead.

Specifications[]

  • Type: Corvette
  • Service Period: 1978-Present
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 291 feet (88.7 meters)
    • Beam: 34 feet (10.36 meters)
    • Draft: 12 feet (3.66 meters)
    • Displacement: 1,233 tons (Standard); 1,482 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 118
  • Propulsion: 4 x MTU 16V956 TB91 diesel engines, 2 x shafts, 16,000 shp (12,000 kW)
  • Range: 6,100 nautical miles (11,297 kilometers) at 18 knots (33.34 km/h)
  • Speed: 25 knots (46.3 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • Signaal DA-05/2 Air Search RDF
    • Signaal ZW-06/2 Surface Search RDF
    • Type 1007 Navigation RDF
    • Signaal WM-25 SAM Fire Control RDF
    • DE-1160C ASDIC
  • Countermeasures:
    • Eslag Deneb Mk.1000 Radio Interceptor
    • CESELSA Canopus Mk.1600 Radio Jammer
    • Mk.137 Chaff/Decoy Launcher
  • Armament:
    • 1 x Otobreda 76mm/62-caliber Compact naval gun
    • 1 x Mk.29 SAM Launcher (fires RIM-7 Sea Sparrow SAMs)
    • 2 x 4-cannister SSM Launchers (fires Broadsword/Exocet AShMs)
    • 2 x Bofors 40mm/70-caliber anti-aircraft guns (2x1)
    • 1 x Bofors M50 375mm twin barreled ASW mortar
    • 2 x 12.75" triple torpedo tubes (fires

Unit Run[]

Spain[]

  • ESPS Descubierta (F31)
  • ESPS Diana (F32)
  • ESPS Infanta Elena (F33)
  • ESPS Infanta Cristina (F34)
  • ESPS Cazadora (F35)
  • ESPS Vencedora (F36)
  • ESPS Centinela (F37)
  • ESPS Serviola (F38)

Egypt[]

  • Abo Qir (941)
  • El Suez (946)

Morocco[]

  • Lieutenant Colonel Errhamani (501)
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