Commissioned in 2012, ESPS Relampago is the third in the series of modern and multipurpose ocean patrol vessels (OPV) in the Spanish Navy. She is ninety five metres in length and has a displacement of 2,500 tones. She can accommodate a crew of eighty six and has sixteen marines and a SH 60B ‘Seahawk’ helicopter embarked.
The ESPS Relámpago was built in Spain for the Spanish Navy as one of four modular Offshore Patrol Vessels (Meteoro class). The Meteoro class of ships were designed with a modular design to allow it to be adapted to conduct a wide range of tasks from a common base.
Displacing 2,840 tonnes, she is 93.9 meters long and with 2 MTU 16 V 1163 Diesel engines and a SIEMENS electric engine is capable of a top speed of about 20 knots.
This is the third time that ESPS Relampago has deployed with Operation Atalanta. She was previously deployed to the EU’s counter-piracy operation in 2014 & 2012.