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Coat of Arms of the 41st Escort Squadron
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Silhouette of the 'Santa María'-Class Frigate
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The six frigates from the 41st Escort Squadron in formation.
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The six frigates from the 41st Escort Squadron in formation.
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The six frigates from the 41st Escort Squadron in formation.
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The six frigates from the 41st Escort Squadron in formation.
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The six frigates from the 41st Escort Squadron in formation.

The 41st Escort Squadron is part of the Spanish Navy Force under direct command of the Fleet Commander. The Squadron, stationed in Rota Naval Base, is made up of six F-80 frigates.

The ships were built in Spain, the first one in the mid-80’s, and are currently undergoing an upgrading process whereby their capabilities will be enhanced and improved so as to continue operating with efficiency in the coming years.

The Squadron is a key element of the force protection capability of the Spanish Navy. Its main mission is to provide protection to a combat group or an amphibious group. They were originally tasked for anti-submarine and escort duties in blue waters, but the changes in the new strategic domains – and given their versatility – have prompted modifications in their capabilities. Nowadays all these frigates can be employed in other tasks such as support in the projection of a Naval Force, shipping protection, maritime interdiction, integration in the territorial air defense system, surveillance and escort missions in far-off scenarios.

41st ESCORT SQUADRON
DISPLACEMENT 3,900 tons
LENGTH 138 meters
BEAM 14.3 meters
PROPULSION 2 Gas LM-2500 turbines (40,000 HP)
1 propeller.
AIRCRAFT Capability for a Sikorsky SH-60B “Seahawk”, equipped with Penguin missiles and torpedoes.
CREW 214
WEAPONS Mk-13 Missile Launcher for “Standard” missiles (AA) and “Harpoon” (anti-ship). One 76/62 mm OTO MELARA One 20 mm MEROKA CIWS 2 triple launchers for Mk-46 Mod. 2/5 torpedoes
SENSORS Air: AN/SPS-49(V4), AN/SPS-49(V5) in the last 2 units of the series.
Surface: AN/SPS-55
Search radar for the MEROKA: RAN-12L
Tracking radar for the MEROKA: VPS-2
Fire Control: Mk-92 Mod.2 (Mk-92 Mod 6) in the last 2 units of the series.
MISCELLANEOUS Sonar:
Hull-mounted (active): AN/SQS-56
Towed array (passive): AN/SQR-19

The exceptional versatility of these frigates, allows for a wide variety of missions; most of them can be grouped into two categories:

  1. Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO): Maritime traffic control in a given area, in order to implement certain restrictions imposed by international organizations. This is carried out with the identification, boarding, inspection and, if so is the case, arrest of suspicious ships.

    The capabilities of our frigates from the 41st Squadron were made evident during operation “Enduring Freedom” in the Indian Ocean in 2001, carrying out all type of missions within the framework of international collaboration against terrorism. A case in point was the participation of the frigate “Navarra” and the AOR “Patiño” in the seizure of the Korean ship “So San” which tried to smuggle a cargo of SCUD missiles.

  2. Protection of valuable assets: Originally this was the primary mission of these frigates. In fact, frigates, destroyers and corvettes receive the generic name of “escort” because that was the mission they were designed for.

Many changes have occurred in the world since those frigates were built. The main threat then came from submarines, without ruling out air and surface threats. Today, most naval operations take place in littoral waters, where our frigates have successfully intervened escorting large Projection Groups (aircraft carriers and amphibious ships), protecting sea lines of communication and chock points like the Strait of Gibraltar or the Red Sea. This task is of paramount importance to safeguard commercial routes against the threat posed by international terrorism.

The six frigates of the 41st Escort Squadron are stationed at Rota Naval Base in the Bay of Cádiz.

The SH-60B helicopter enhances the ship capabilities as regards antisubmarine and surface warfare, maritime surveillance, rescue and medical evacuation.

Although originally designed as an antisubmarine helicopter, the excellent versatility of the SH-60B permits other tasks such as maritime surveillance. Its Data-Link is a first-rate sensor between the helicopter and ship.

The six frigate Commanders are under the command of a Navy Captain, assisted by his Staff.

The complement of the ships consists of 17 officers, 28 NCOs and 169 ratings. The Squadron is divided into two structures: Administrative and Operational.

Administrative organization: It supports all activities related to the ship readiness including training, instruction, maintenance and security.

Operational organization: When the ship is ready to sail two Control departments are put into operation in order to assure the ship can carry out the mission assigned. One of them is the Tactical Control, responsible for the combat system (sensors and weapons) as well as the information and communications systems. The other is the Platform Control, in charge of aspects such as navigation, propulsion, damage control and other combat support activities (replenishment and health).

41st Escort Squadron
CN. ISIDRO CARRARA NAVAS29 JUN 21/....
CN. ANTONIO JOSÉ POSADA GUERRA27 JUN 19/29 JUN 21
CN. JAVIER MORENO SUSANNA29 JUN 17/27 JUN 19
CN. RAMON GODIN MAGADAN 29 JUN 15/29 JUN 17
CN. DOMINGO GOMEZ-PAMO Y GUERRA DEL RIO18 JUN 13/29 JUN 15
CN. JORGE MANSO REVILLA22 JUN 13/18 JUN 13
CN.ANTONIO PINTOS PINTOS12 JUN 09/22 JUN 11
CN.JUAN MANUEL GARAT CARAME14 JUN 07/12 JUN 09
CN.JOSE LUIS MARTINEZ-AVIAL ARECES13 JUN 05/14 JUN 07
CN.TEODORO ESTEBAN LOPEZ CALDERON13 JAN 05/12 JUN 05
CN.BUENAVENTURA LOPEZ RODRIGUEZ18 JUL 03/12 JAN 05
CN. JUAN ANTONIO MORENO SUSANA04 MAR 02/17 JUL 03
CN. JUAN JOSE OLLERO MARIN04 SEP 00/03 MAR 02
CN.JOSE MARIA TERAN ELICES03 MAR 99/03 SEP 00
CN.SIMEON FRANCISCO CANTO ANTOLI03 SEP 97/02 MAR 99
CN.FERNANDO DEL POZO GARCIA10 MAR 97/02 SEP 97
CN.FERNANDO ARMADA VADILLO18 SEP 95/09 MAR 97
CN.FERNANDO RIAÑO LOZANO13 MAR 94/17 SEP 95
CN.MARCELINO DE DUEÑAS FONTAN21 SEP 92/12 MAR 94
CN.ALFONSO MOSQUERA ARECES03 APR 91/20 SEP 92
CN.JOSE CARLOS PEREZ MOREIRA03 SEP 89/02 APR 91
CN.MANUEL ACEDO MANTEOLA04 MAR 87/02 SEP 89
    

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