|Spanish frigate Victoria (F82)|
|Name:||SPS Victoria (F82)|
|Laid down:||16 August 1983|
|Launched:||23 July 1986|
|Commissioned:||11 November 1987|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2020[update]|
|Class & type:||Santa Maria-class frigate|
2,851 long tons (2,897 t) light|
3,610 long tons (3,668 t) standard
4,177 long tons (4,244 t) full load
|Length:||138.8 m (455 ft 5 in)|
|Beam:||14.3 m (46 ft 11 in)|
|Draft:||8.6 m (28 ft 3 in)|
|Propulsion:||2 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines generating 41,000 shp (31 MW) coupled to a single shaft and controllable pitch propeller|
|Speed:||30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)+|
• OTO Melara Mk 75 76 mm/62 caliber naval gun|
• Mk 32 triple-tube (324 mm) launcher for Mark 46 torpedoes
• Mk 13 Missile Launcher for RGM-84 Harpoon SSM and SM-1MR Block VIB SAM
• 20 mm Meroka CIWS 12 barrel AA system
|Aircraft carried:||SH-60 Seahawk LAMPS III helicopter|
Laid down on 16 August 1983, and launched on 23 July 1986, Victoria was commissioned in service on 11 November 1987.
All of these Spanish frigates have the length of the later Oliver Hazard Perry frigates, and have a wider beam than the US Navy design, and therefore able to carry more top weight. Fin stabilizers are fitted.
On 29 March 2009, as she was taking part in Operation Atalanta, German Navy Tanker Spessart (A1442) was attacked by a 7-man pirate boat. In addition to the regular 40-man civilian crew, Spessart carried a 12-man security detail which exchanged small arm fire with the pirates, and repelled the assault. The SH-60 helicopter aboard Victoria intercepted the fleeing pirate skiff, opened fire and kept guard over the surrendering pirates until relieved by naval units. The frigates HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën, HS Psara and the USS Boxer were involved in this chase.
On 2 June 2010, the Victoria provided medical assistance to the crew of the Libyan vessel MV Rim, and prevented recapture of that ship by Somali pirates, after the crew of the Rim overpowered the pirates who had hijacked the ship four months earlier. The Rim had been anchored in the harbor of Garacad, Somalia, since her 3 February 2010, taking in the Gulf of Aden. On 3 August 2010, a helicopter from the Victoria stopped a pirate attack on the Norwegian chemical tanker MV Bow Saga, which had sent a distress call that it was under attack by a pirate skiff. The seven pirates on board the skiff were later captured by a second team from the European Union naval force in the region. 
On 3 August 2010, The Norwegian Chemical tanker MV BOW SAGA was proceeding through the transit corridor in the middle of the Gulf of Aden when it came under attack. A pirate skiff with 7 people on board shot at the bridge, damaging the windows. EU NAVFOR heard her distress call and ordered the closest warship, the Spanish frigate SPS VICTORIA to react to the incident. VICTORIA already had her helicopter in the air and was able to intervene only ten minutes after the call. The pirates stopped the attack and tried to flee. After warning shots, first from the helicopter and then from the warship VICTORIA, the pirates eventually stopped. The skiff was searched by a boarding team from VICTORIA and weapons were subsequently found. 
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References[edit | edit source]
- Erreur fatale: les pirates attaquent un navire... d'Atalanta!
- GULF OF ADEN: Pirates fire on German ship, leading to five-hour chase
- Deutsche Marine setzt Angreifer vor Somalia fest
- "Crew 'seizes back' ship from Somali pirates". 2 June 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/africa/10121976.stm.
- "EU NAVFOR warship SPS VICTORIA apprehends pirate attack skiff". 3 August 2010. http://www.eunavfor.eu/2010/08/eu-navfor-warship-sps-victoria-apprehends-pirate-attack-skiff/.
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