The Spanish Navy commissioned its fifth Meteoro-class offshore patrol vessel, BAM Audaz (P-45) during a ceremony in San Fernando on July 27.
The ceremony was chaired by Ángel Olivares Ramírez, Secretary of State for Defense, and was attended by Alfonso Rodríguez Gómez de Celis, the Government Delegate in Andalusia; Admiral General Teodoro López Calderón, the Chief of Staff of the Navy (AJEMA); Susana Sarriá Sopeña, the President of Navantia; and Admiral Santiago Ramón González Gómez, the General Director of Armament and Material (DIGAM); as well as other civil and military officials.
The keel of Audaz was laid at Navantia’s Cadiz shipyard on April 29, 2016 and the launch of the vessel took place on March 30, 2017. The ship will be homeported at Naval Base of Cartagena (Arsenal of Cartagena).
Audaz is the first of the two vessels 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 second vessel is named Furor (P-46).
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).
BAM Audaz, 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.