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ESPS NumanciaSpain

Numancia (F83) is the third of the six Spanish-built Santa Maria-class frigates, based on the American Oliver Hazard Perry class design, of the Spanish Navy. Laid down on 8 January 1986, and launched on 29 January 1987, Numancia was commissioned in service on 17 November 1989. All of these Spanish frigates have the length of the later Oliver Hazard Perry frigates, and have a wider beam than the US Navy design, and are therefore able to carry more top weight. Fin stabilizers are fitted. On 27 April 2009 Numancia seized the 9 somali pirates that tried to board MSC Melody.

Technical Data:

Class and type: Santa Maria-class frigate


2,851 long tons (2,897 t) light

3,610 long tons (3,668 t) standard

4,177 long tons (4,244 t) full load

Length: 138.8 m (455 ft 5 in)

Beam:   14.3 m (46 ft 11 in)

Draft:    8.6 m (28 ft 3 in)

Propulsion: 2 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines generating 41,000 shp (31 MW) coupled to a single shaft and controllable-pitch propeller

Speed:  30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)+


OTO Melara Mk 75 76 mm/62 caliber naval gun; Mk 32 triple-tube (324 mm) launcher for Mark 46 torpedoes; Mk 13 Missile Launcher for RGM-84 Harpoon SSM and SM-1MR Block VIB SAM; 20 mm Meroka CIWS 12 barrel AA system

Aircraft carried: AB 212 helicopter

ITS Carlo BergaminiItaly

The first ship to bear the name Bergamini served in the Italian Navy from 1962 to 1983. The frigate was built at CRDA shipyards, Monfalcone, and was launched on June 16 1960. With a displacement of 1526 tons and a length of 94 metres, the vessel could reach a 26 knots speed.

Armament consisted of three 76/62 MMI guns, an anti-submarine depth-charge mortar and six triple torpedo-tubes; the ship was propelled by diesel engines driving two shafts. The Bergamini-class frigates were the first ASW helicopter-capable ships. Their flight deck was considerably extended to carry out AB212 ASW helicopters operations.

The motto of ship Carlo Bergamini, “con forza e fedeltà”, meaning “with strength and loyalty”, is a translation of the Latin phrase “Fortiter ac fideliter”. The previous units named after Bergamini have adopted the same motto.

The Crest, shared by all the FREMM units, depicts the silhouette of the ship highlighting the state of the art systems, sensors and artillery, embarked on the new frigate, as well as her stealth characteristics. The motto of the ship and her optical badge (F 590) are inscribed against a blue background. On the left is the effigy of Admiral Carlo Bergamini – the only detail distinguishing the Crest from the other FREMMS. The Crest is surmounted by the name of the Unit and the towered crown with rostra symbolizing the Italian Navy.

ITS Carlo Bergamini is first  frigate in its class overall and in multipurpose configuration.

 It was launched on July 16 2011 and delivered to the Italian Navy  on May 2013 

FREMM frigates are being built by Italy and France under the framework of an Italo-French cooperation program under the coordination of OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Cooperation sur l’Armement, the international organization for cooperation on arms).

The Italian frigates are equipped with KRONOS Grand Naval multi-function active radar, IFF SIR-M5-PA secondary radar and RAN-30X/I air and surface surveillance, LPI SPN-730 navigation radar and SPN-720 for helicopter precision approach, SASS (Silent Acquisition and Surveillance system) infrared tracking system and, finally, equipped with two multi-sensors (radar and electro-optical) for NA-25X fire control.

The vessel also provides two 76/62 mm Super Rapid defense systems that use the DART guided ammunition for tracking targets, the anti-mine sonar (Mine Avoidance Sonar), acoustic countermeasures against attacks by torpedoes (Decoy Launching System) and the MU90 lightweight torpedo launching system (Torpedo Launching System).

Technical Data:
Builders: Fincantieri, Riva Trigoso
Displacement: 5,500 t
Displacement, Submerged: 6.688 t
Length: 144 m
Beam: 19.0 m
Draught: 5,68 m
Main Machinery: CODLAG, 1 General Electric LM 2500 + gas turbine, 42.912 hp (32 MW); 4 Isotta Fraschini diesel; 11.27 hp (8.4 MW); 2 motors, 5900 hp (4.4 MW); 2 shafts; cp props; 1 azimuth thruster (1 MW)
Power: 36750 KW (49282,55 HP )
Top Speed: 28 Kt
Range: 7,000 nm
Armament: 1 OTO Melara 127/64 mm VULCANO gun; OtoBreda 76/62 mm SR-DAVIDE gun; OtoBreda 25 mm guns; PAAMS missile system with Aster 15 and Aster 30 missiles; 2 Eurotorp MU-90 Torpedo launchers; 2 SH-90A / 1 SH-90A + 1 EH-101 helicopter
Complement: 124

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