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Spanish frigate Cataluna
SPS Cataluña (F73)
SPS Cataluña (F73)
Career (Spain)
Name: SPS Cataluña
Namesake: Catalonia
Builder: Bazan
Laid down: August 1970
Launched: 3 November 1971
Commissioned: 16 January 1975
Decommissioned: 2004
Identification: F73
General characteristics
Class & type: Baleares-class frigate
Displacement: 3,015 long tons (3,063 t), standard 4,177 long tons (4,244 t), full load
Length: 438 ft (134 m), overall
Beam: 46 ft 9 in (14.25 m)
Draft: 24 ft 9 in (7.54 m)
Propulsion: 1 shaft, one Westinghouse steam turbine, 2 V2M boilers. total 35,000 shp (maximum),
Speed: 28 knots (52 km/h)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • AN/SPS-52B Air Search Radar
  • RAN-12L/X Air Search Radar
  • AN/SPS-10F Surface Search Radar
  • DE1160LF Sonar
  • AN/SQS-35(v)Variable Depth Sonar system
  • AN/SPG-53 Mk68 Gun Fire Control System
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Ceselsa Deneb/Canopus, Mk36 SROC decoy launchers

SPS Cataluña (F73) is the third ship of five Spanish-built Baleares-class frigates, based on the American Knox class design, of the Spanish Navy.

Laid down on August 1970 and launched on 3 November 1971, Cataluña was commissioned into service on 16 January 1975.

All of these Spanish frigates were built to the size of the Knox frigates.

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