MADRID, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Spanish shipbuilder Navantia has delivered the second of four Maritime Action Ship ordered by the Spanish navy.
The delivery of the ship was marked by a ceremony at the Rota Naval Base, where Spanish Secretary of State for Defense Constantino Mendez announced the imminent signing of the order for the new batch of BAM vessels, which will ensure the navy's workload in the Bay of Cadiz for five years.
The main missions of the Maritime Action Ships are to protect and escort other ships; maritime traffic control; control and neutralization of terrorist activities and piracy; operations against drug trafficking and human trafficking; maritime search and rescue; crisis support and humanitarian assistance; and monitoring and enforcing legislation on fisheries, environment and anti-pollution.
The ships' specifications include an overall length of 327 feet; a 46.5-foot beam; and a full-load displacement of 2,575 tons. The ships have a maximum speed of 15 knots.