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A fleet visiting Malaga

Now you can visit the Spanish Navy’s largest ship Juan Carlos I, which is visiting Málaga and is open to the public on February 11th and February 12th.

Welcome aboard on February 11th and February 12th.

Welcome aboard on February 11th and February 12th.

It is the third time that the ship is visiting Malaga. It is the largest navy vessel ever built in Spain and it is named after the last king. The custom of naming the fleet’s ships by the king goes backs to the arrival of the Bourbons to Spain in the early 1700s. The reason why the ship is in the Malaga region right now is due to an ongoing exercise in the waters between Cadiz and the Alboran sea.

The editors on megafon visited the ship last time it was in Malaga and it was very interesting. There were stations throughout the ship with exhibitions where staff explained how everything worked on board and what the ship was able to accomplish. The images in this article are taken from this visit. For those interested, I recommend a visit and it is free admission. A tour takes a few hours if you want to see and soak up all the information. Visitors will be received between 4 pm ro 7pm on February 11th and from 10am to 12:30 pm on February 12th, according to information from the Ministry of Defence.

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It is a large vessel.

The ship is not only an aircraft carrier, but also an amphibious assault ship that is very suited to humanitarian efforts. Besides the flight deck, the ship has two floors with garage, almost like a ferry where there is space for tanks, containers or almost anything.

Furthermore, there is a small port inside the ship’s stern where there are landing vessels that can send combatants or vehicles and materials to the shore without the need for any port. For the ongoing exercise there right now four aircrafts of type AV8B “Harrier” and a helicopter SH3D aboard the ship .

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A Harrier fighter aircraft aboard

The vessel is 26,000 tons and measuers 230.82 meters in length. The speed is 21 knots. It is built at the shipyard Navantia Ferrol in Galicia. At the moment it has a crew of 295 under command of Captain Gonzalo Sanz Alisedo and can be increased to 900 if necessary. In addition, there is room for 1,200 soldiers.

The construction of the ship began in May 2005 and it was ready for service on September 30th 2010. The budget for the project was originally € 360 million, but the total cost ended up at € 462 million.

 

 

Start ramp at the bow with a AV8B "Harrier". In the background Montes de Malaga.

Start ramp at the bow with a AV8B “Harrier”. In the background Montes de Malaga.

View from the cockpit towards Malaga with a parked helicopter in the foreground.

View from the cockpit towards Malaga with a parked helicopter in the foreground.

All photos are from the last visit on 28 / 6-2013, Photo: Anja Erixon. All images are clickable (opens in new window) and there is apparently no photo ban on board.