Commissioned in 2012, ESPS Relámpago is the third in the series of modern and multipurpose ocean patrol vessels (OPV) in the Spanish Navy. She is 93.9 metres long and has a displacement of 2,500 tons. She has a combined diesel and electric propulsion system, with a maximum speed of 20 knots, and her range is 3500 NM at 15 knots. She can accommodate up to eighty six people.
For this deployment in Atalanta she has a maritime force protection team of eleven marines and an air wing to operate and maintain a SH 60B ‘Seahawk’ helicopter.
ESPS Relámpago may conduct a wide range of tasks with a reduced and professional crew, on the basis of efficiency and adaptability.
This is the fourth time that ESPS Relámpago is deployed in Operation Atalanta, as she previously was in 2012, 2014 and 2016.