The Álvaro de Bazán Class, also known as the F-100, includes the most modern frigates of the Spanish Navy, which were entirely built in Spain by Navantia Ferrol.
Framed in the 31st Escort Squadron, which has its base in the Arsenal of Ferrol, these frigates have a wide variety of weapons including a mount for launching missiles (with capacity for 48 missiles), two mounts for anti-ship missiles Sub-Harpoon (eight missiles in total), two torpedo launchers (with 12 torpedoes in total), four Browning M-2 machine guns of .50 caliber (12.7 mm), two 20 mm guns and one OTO Melara Mk.45 gun of 127 mm located in the prow, fed with an automatic loader. A few days ago, the Spanish Defense Staff (EMAD) published an interesting video that shows the firing process of the Mk.45, including images of its automatic loader and a slow motion video of the projectile’s exit:
In particular, the frigate of the images is the “Cristóbal Colón” F-105, the most modern of the F-100, which entered service in October 2012.
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