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Fragata "Almirante Juan de Borbón"

The frigate is the ship number 202 built by NAVANTIA (former IZAR and former BAZAN).

The ship was launched on February 28th 2002, acting as sponsor Her Royal Highness Pilar de Borbón, sister of His Majesty the King, and daughter of Admiral Juan de Borbón.

The number of the frigate “Almirante Juan de Borbón” is F-102. She was delivered to the Spanish Navy on December 3rd 2003 in a ceremony presided over by Prime Minister Aznar.

Her Royal Highness Pilar de Borbón presented the Battle Ensign to the Commanding Officer of the ship, Cdr. Manuel Garat, on November 7th 2004 in a ceremony in Barcelona presided over by the King and Queen of Spain, other members of the Royal Family and national and local authorities.

His Royal Highness Juan de Borbón

Juan de Borbón y Battenberg, Earl of Barcelona, was born on June 20th 1913 in the Palace of La Granja in Segovia, the fifth son of King Alfonso XIII and Queen Victoria Eugenia.

In 1930 he joined the Spanish Navy. Upon the advent of the Second Republic, the Royal Family went into exile, and Juan de Borbón finished his naval studies in the UK Naval Academy.

In 1935 he married HRH María de las Mercedes de Borbón, Princess of the Dos Sicilias and resided in Estoril, Portugal. They had four children: HM King Juan Carlos I, HRH Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz, HRH Margarita, Duchess of Soria and HRH Alfonso, who died in 1956.

In 1987 his father the King appointed him Honorary Admiral of the Spanish Navy and the First Lord of the Admiralty, Admiral Staveley –on behalf of Queen Elisabeth II–appointed him Honorary Admiral of the Royal Navy. On December 4th 1988 the Government appoints him Honorary Fleet Admiral.

He died in Pamplona on April 1st 1993 and was buried in El Escorial with the name JUAN III.

Coat of Arms and Motto

The ship’s coat of arms includes the Coat of Arms of HRH Juan de Borbón, with two crossed anchors, oak leaves (symbol of the Admiralty), the order of Golden Fleece beneath, the Royal Crown on top, and a wreath around the coat with the words: “Sobre todo España”. (Above all, Spain!)

Its motto is “¡Sobre todo, España!” words used by HRH in the transfer ceremony of the Dynastic Rights onto his son King Juan Carlos I on May 14th 1977.

The crew consists of 201 men and women who adapt their specialities depending on the mission entrusted (21 officers, 35 NCOs, 104 Petty officers 2nd class, 41 ratings). 

The crew is divided into specialities: Submarine Warfare, Electronics, Communications, Energy and Propulsion, Administration, Manoeuvre and Navigation, Tactical Systems, Ordnance and Missiles, Fire Control, Sonar, Electricity and Catering. Most of the crew comes from Galicia but there are also personnel from other Spanish regions. 15% are female and 11% from South American nations.

While ashore, the ship’s crew has two tasks: on the one hand, carry out the necessary maintenance and repair works in the ship’s systems and equipment to be always in readiness, and on the other, continuous training in all naval warfare aspects and procedures.

At sea, the ship operates in a three-watch system to be fully operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Catering and cleaning personnel are not included in this watch regime.

In the first half of 2004 the ship carried out sea trials and training in Ferrol and Rota. Later she went to the US for CSSQT trials to check her combat system and launch missiles.

In April 2005, the ship underwent CALOPCO (Combat Operational Qualification) in Rota and Cartagena. From July to November she integrated into the SNMG-2 as command ship.

In 2006 she took part in several national and international exercises and participated in the 50th Anniversary of the Moroccan Navy in Agadir. From September to October she joined the “Patiño”, “Galicia” and “Pizarro” in Lebanese waters in a UNIFIL mission.

In 2007 she participated in exercises GALIBER-07, TAPON, NIIRIS and EWTRIALS. She also integrated into EUROMARFOR. In the second half of the year she underwent a scheduled overhaul.

In May 2008 she took part in the operational qualification exercise MECO 16/08/S along with the French frigate “Latouche Treville”. She later integrated into the SNMG-1 under the command of the Spanish Rear-Admiral Juan Rodriguez Garat.

In 2009 the ship participated in the Armed Forces day in Santander. In Ferrol her combat system was upgraded to fit new capabilities, among them the possibility of launching Evolved Sea Sparrow missiles (ESSM).

In 2010 the ship was assigned to the NATO Response Force (NRF) and the Rapid Reaction Joint Force (FCRR), ready to operate in high intensity scenarios.

In January 2011 the ship took part in several exercises in the East coast of the United States with the U.S. Navy Carrier Group “George H. W. Bush” (CVN-77). The exercises were aimed at integrating the Spanish frigate into the carrier group which deployed in the Mediterranean in May and June.

The frigate “Almirante Juan de Borbón” carried out anti-drug operations in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea led by U.S. Coast Guard in the “Joint Interagency Task Forth-South”.

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