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SPS Juan Carlos I (L61)

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SPS Juan Carlos I (L61) is a multi-purpose warship in the Spanish Navy (Armada Española). Similar in concept to the American Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, it has the addition of a ski jump for STOVL operations. The ship will be equipped with the AV-8B Harrier II attack aircraft and will primarily be used as an aircraft carrier. The vessel is named in honour of Juan Carlos I, the current King of Spain.


  • Type: Amphibious Assault Ship
  • Service Period: 2010-Present
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 757.3 feet (230.83 meters)
    • Beam: 105 feet (32 meters)
    • Draft: 23 feet (7.01 meters)
    • Displacement: 29,850 tons (27,079 tonnes)
  • Capacity: 913 soldiers + up to 46 Leopard 2 tanks
  • Crew: 415(243 ship crew and 172 air crew)
  • Propulsion: 1 x GE LM2500 gas turbine, 2 x MAN 16V32/40 diesel generators, 2 x 11 Mw Azimuth thrusters
  • Range: 9,000 nautical miles (16,668 kilometers) at 15 knots (27.78 km/h)
  • Speed: 21 knots (38.9 km/h)
  • Armament:
    • 4 x 20 mm guns
    • 4x 12.7 mm machine guns
  • Aircraft Carried: AV-8B Harrier II, F-35B Lightning II, SH-3 Sea King, CH-47 Chinook, NH90
  • Boats Carried: Four LCM-1E
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