Coat of Arms "ATALAYA" (P-74)
Coat of Arms "ATALAYA" (P-74)
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Coat of Arms "ATALAYA" (P-74)

The “Atalaya” is the fourth and last unit of the “Serviola”-class oceanic patrol vessels (OPV). She is part of the Maritime Action Force. The “Atalaya” (P-74) was built by NAVANTIA (former Bazán) in its Ferrol shipyards and delivered to the Spanish Navy on June 29th 1992. Her home port is La Graña Naval Station (Ferrol) and operates under the command of the Chief of Maritime Action.

The OPV “Atalaya” was designed for deployments during extended periods at sea, even in rough weather. She has a flight deck for medium-sized helicopters, a 6-bed sick bay and two RHIBs.

Patrol Boat "Atalaya" (P-74)
BEAM 10,33 mts.
DRAFT 3,36 mts.
MAX. SPEED 20 knots.
WEAPONS: One 3"/50 gun. Two 12.7 mm. BROWNING machineguns.
SENSORS Surface and air radar “Consilium Selesmar” RTM 30 SIM.
Navigation radar “Consilium Selesmar” RTM 25 XIM.
7.500 HP.
2 variable-pitch propellers.
2 bilge keels.
An electric plant with 3 diesel generators 195 KW.
AIRCRAFT: Flight deck for medium-size helicopters. CREW: 48

The “Atalaya” contributes to the State Action at sea with surveillance and protection tasks.

These missions are conducted to warrant the sovereignty of our territorial waters and to safeguard and implement both national and international legislations and preclude illegal activities affecting our national interests. Given the peculiarities and versatility of this OPV, the “Atalaya” regularly takes part in other naval activities like training with other Fleet units, naval presence in national and international ports and familiarization activities with school students and open-doors days.

Further tasks include:

  • Systematic surveillance of national fishing grounds.
  • Provide the necessary support to the Spanish trawler fleet.
  • Searching and tracking ships suspected of illegal activities like terrorism, smuggling or proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
  • Security and protection of designated units.
  • Collaboration with other State departments with responsibilities in the maritime domain. (Illegal immigration, drug-smuggling, marine pollution, etc.).

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