The Spanish Navy’s sixth Buque de Acción Marítima (BAM) ship – ESPS Furor – entered service in a ceremony in Ferrol, Spain, on January 21.
The ship was commissioned after officially starting construction in a keel laying ceremony in April 2016.
Furor (pennant number P-46) is the second of two ships built by Navantia under a contract from November 2014. The first ship of the second batch, Audaz (P-45), entered service in July 2018.
The first four ships in the class – Meteoro, Rayo, Relámpago and Tornado – were ordered in 2006 and delivered by 2012.
The modular offshore patrol vessels are 96 meters long and displace 2,500 tones. They accommodate a crew of 86 and have a SH 60B ‘Seahawk’ helicopter embarked.
The Spanish Navy intends to operate a total of nine vessels in the class.
Furor and its crew will be joining other vessels in its class in combating terrorist and piracy activities, drug interdiction and prevention of human trafficking. The ships also contribute to maritime rescue and salvage operations, humanitarian assistance, and fisheries and pollution control.