A-11 MARQUES DE LA ENSENADA (ex-MAR DEL NORTE)

At the end of 1988, the Spanish Navy was without oil tankers or supply vessels that could support the Combat Group, formed by the aircraft carrier and its escort. Faced with this worrying situation, on December 30, 1988, the construction of a new auxiliary oil tanker (AO) was ordered to cover this gap. The new ship, named as A-11 Mar del Norte, entered service on June 3, 1991. This ship was based in the Bazan’s civil design B-219/A, and was chosen because it was a low-cost vessel equipped with an economic diesel engine and that met the civil standards amply. The ship had an aft flight deck that had to be expanded a few years later, increasing its length by 3 meters. It also has a hangar to house an AB-212 or SH-3 Sea King helicopter that was used primarily for vertical replenishment operations (VERTREP). In 1995 it was changed its original name to A-11 Marques de la Ensenada. In January 2012, the ship was decommissioned after having participated in numerous international missions and naval exercises.

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Country of origin

Spain

Builder

Bazán, Ferrol

Type

Fleet support tanker

Entered service

1991

Complement

93

Displacement, (full load)

14,324 tonnes

Dimensions (length x beam x draught)

126.10 x 19.50 x 8.60 meters

Machinery

1 x MAN 18V40 diesel engine

Power, (total)

11,250 shp

Shafts - Screws

1 shaft – 1 screw

Speed

16 knots (29 km/h)

Range

10,000 n. miles (18,500 km) at 15 knots

Load capacity

7,450 tons of DFM F.76 fuel for ships + 1,716 tons of JP.5 fuel for aircraft + 120 tons of solid cargo

Helicopters

1 x AB.212 or SH.3 Sea King

Machine guns

2 x 12.7mm + 2 x 7.62mm