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Patrol Boat "MEDAS" (P-26)
Patrol Boat "MEDAS" (P-26)
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Patrol Boat "MEDAS" (P-26)

Welcome to the ‘Medas’ patrol boats website. The vessel was specially designed for coastal surveillance, fisheries control and search and rescue in case of incidents at sea. This patrol boat is integrated into the Maritime Action Force, homeported in Cádiz

The ships’ hulls are made of naval steel (Martin Siemens) and the superstructures of aluminum. Their endurance is of 12 days at 10 knots with a maximum speed of 15 knots. The ships are fitted to enable them to conduct light cargo transfers, towing other vessels and vertical replenishment with helicopters, among other capabilities.

Displacement: 319 tons.

Length: 44.26 m.

Beam: 6.6 m

Speed: 15 knots

Draught: 3.3 m


  • 3”/50 Mk-22 Gun
  • 3”/50 Mk-22 Gun
  • OERLIKON 20/120mm
  • MG-42 (7.62mm) machine guns as well as other portable weapons like rifles and pistols.
  • Sensors:

  • Navigation Radar ‘Consilium Selesmar’ RTM 12X/M, I-band
  • Navigation Radar ‘Consilium Selesmar’ RTM 12X/M, I-band
  • Sounder WHRM ‘Electronics’
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  • Diesel engine ‘Marino Bazán’ MTU (4,500 HP)
  • Controllable pitch propeller
  • Two diesel generators (112 KW)
  • Aids to navigation:

  • Gyroscope ‘Sperry’ Mk-27 Mod.1
  • Gyroscope ‘Sperry’ Mk-27 Mod.1
  • GPS ‘Koden’ KGP-98
  • Compass

  • The main missions of the ‘Medas’ are:

  • Surveillance and Maritime Security to contribute to safeguard sovereign maritime areas of interest with tasks aimed at fighting international terrorism, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, piracy and illegal trafficking.
  • Contribute to the State Action at sea collaborating with other national organizations with responsibilities in the maritime domain: freedom of navigation, security of human lives at sea, fisheries surveillance, SAR and the protection of natural resources and underwater heritage.
  • The ship’s home port is Cádiz, along with other Maritime Action ships and Fleet units.

    The ‘Medas’ was originally stationed in Las Palmas (Canary Islands) but, as of June 2012, she was transferred to the Puntales naval station (Cádiz).

    The ship is named after the Medas Islands off the Costa Brava. She is the sixth patrol boat of the ‘Anaga’-class built by BAZAN (Now Navantia) in its San Fernando shipyards (Cádiz).

    The ship was launched in December 1980 and her battle ensign was presented on December 4, 1993 in Barcelona.

    The standard crew consists of 4 officers, 4 NCOs and 18 leading seamen and ratings.

    The main mission of these ships is maritime surveillance to protect national maritime interests, paying special attention to fisheries control, illegal immigration, SAR activities and support to other units. These vessels can tow other ships of similar size. They are particularly suitable for all-weather coastal patrols and can operate as fire-fighting units.

    The ‘Medas’ patrol boat also collaborate with other State departments in missions like maritime rescue, constabulary tasks, drug-smuggling, illegal immigration, trafficking, terrorism, fishing surveillance, environmental disasters, etc. The ship has also contributed to NATO’s operations ‘Active Endeavor’ and ‘Sea Guardian’ as well as other national, bilateral and Allied missions.


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