Spanish frigate Almirante Juan de Borbon to join French Carrier Strike Group

According to information published by Infodefensa on January 26, 2022, Spanish frigate, Almirante Juan de Borbon joins the French Carrier Strike Group.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Alvaro de Bazan class frigate Almirante Juan de Borbon (Picture source: Spanish Navy)

Almirante Juan de Borbón (F-102) is the second ship of the new F-100 class of air defense frigates entering service with the Spanish Navy in 2003.

The Álvaro de Bazán class, also known as the F100 class, is a class of Aegis combat system-equipped air defense frigates in service with the Spanish Navy. The vessels were built by Spanish shipbuilder Navantia in Ferrol, with the lead ship of the class named Admiral Álvaro de Bazán.

The Álvaro de Bazán-class frigate has an overall length of 146.7 m, a beam of 18.6 m, a draft of 4.75 m, and a displacement of 5,800 tons.

The ship is powered by a combined diesel and gas propulsion (CODAG) system that includes two General Electric LM2500 gas turbines, two Caterpillar 3600 diesel engines, and two propellers. She can reach a top speed of 28 kn (52 km/h; 32 mph) with a cruising range of 4,500 nmi (8,300 km; 5,200 mi) at 18 kn (33 km/h; 21 mph).

The Álvaro de Bazán-class frigate is armed with one 5 inches (127.0 mm)/54 Mk45 Mod 2 naval gun, one Mark 41 (VLS) 48-cell vertical launching system, 32 standard SM-2MR Block IIIA surface-to-air missiles, 64 RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (4 per cell) air defense missiles, eight McDonnell Douglas RGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile and two twin 12.75 in (323.8 mm) Mark 32 Mod 9 torpedo tubes with 12 Honeywell Mark 46 Mod 5 torpedoes.