Navantia has delivered the sixth Meteoro-class offshore patrol vessel, BAM Furor (P-46), to the Spanish Navy during a ceremony at the Ferrol Shipyard on Monday, Jan. 21.
The event was attended by Margarita Robles, the Spanish Minister of Defence; Alberto Núñez Feijoo, President of the Regional Government of Galicia; and Susana de Sarriá, the President of Navantia.
Furor is the second of the two vessels – the first vessel is named Audaz (P-45) – of the extension to the BAM (Buque de Acción Marítima, Maritime Action Ship) program of the Spanish Navy, according to the executive order signed by the Government on November 21, 2014. The keel of BAM Furor was laid on April 29, 2016.
The Spanish Navy commissioned the lead ship of the first batch in 2006, which was completed in 2012 with the construction and delivery of four BAMs, named Meteoro (P-41), Rayo (P-42), Relámpago (P-43) and Tornado (P-44). These vessels have successfully participated in numerous national and international operations.
Furor is the third ship of the Spanish Navy to receive this name. The first, in service in 1896, was a destroyer, sunk in the battle of Santiago de Cuba; the second, categorized as a torpedo boat, submarine fighter, fast frigate and anti-submarine destroyer, was also built in Ferrol and was in service from 1960 to 1973.
BAM Furor, like its predecessors, is 93.90 m in length and displaces 2860 tons at full load, and is equipped with high performance systems and has an endurance of 35 days. The latest generation Integrated Platform Control System (IPCS) developed by Navantia Sistemas allows its operation with a reduced crew, specifically 46 men and women (including a health officer).
The missions for which the BAM ships are conceived are 1) for maritime security in low intensity scenarios, with a capacity to dissuade and react to asymmetric or conventional threats and 2) to protect national maritime interests, collaborating with the state security forces and other ministerial departments in surveillance, search and rescue, humanitarian aid, anti-trafficking and pollution control missions.