Jet2 Sponsor 970 x 110

The Principe de Asturias will be decommissioned today


The former Spanish Navy flagship vessel is a victim of budgetary cuts

The Principe de Asturias will be decommissioned todayThe former flagship vessel of the Spanish navy, the aircraft carrier, ‘Príncipe de Asturias’ will today officially leave the service of the Spanish Navy in an official act held at the Naval Base in Rota.


The heir to the throne, Príncipe Felipe and the Minister of Defence, Pedro Morenés, will officiate at the act, after which the vessel will be taken to the Ferrol shipyards in Cádiz, where all remaining weaponry will be dismantled and the vessel sold off, probably for scrap.


It’s likely that the Juan Carlos I, a multi- purpose warship will take the place of flagship vessel of the Spanish fleet, but this has not yet been confirmed officially. The Juan Carlos I has the capability to launch helicopters and STOVL aircraft, as well as carry troops and landing equipment and is an-all round vessel which offers greater flexibility to the Navy, as well as being considerably cheaper to run than the purpose built aircraft carrier ( see full report after the Juan Carlos I visited Cartagena last year).


The Principe de Asturias (R-11) was built in the shipyards of Bazan in Ferrol ( now Navantia) and entered service in 1988.


The vessel is the latest victim of the budgetary restrictions which are assailing every public department in the Spanish government. After 24 years of service, it will cost 100 million euros to keep the Principe de Asturias operational, money which the Navy simply doesn´t have available in its budgets for the coming year. In 2007 the vessel underwent a modernisation which cost 3.665.000 euros, but aircraft carriers are notoriously expensive to run and the Navy cannot support the cost any longer.


Although there are still hopes that a potential purchaser may be interested in acquiring the vessel, the most likely end for the Principe will be dismantlement and scrapping.

Image: Spanish Navy
 

AreaTownSubject
SpainSpanish National..


20th March solar eclipse could affect electricity supply in Murcia
20th March solar eclipse could affect electricity supply in Murcia
10.5% of the Murcia electricity supply is solar..

Unstaffed petrol stations outlawed in Murcia
Unstaffed petrol stations outlawed in Murcia
Safety and service issues justify the need for..


Mazarrón establishes year-round dog-friendly beaches
Mazarrón establishes year-round dog-friendly beaches
Dogs are to be allowed on three Mazarró..

Camposol burglars arrested
Camposol burglars arrested
Two Totana men robbed eleven homes after stealing..


New taxi for the disabled in San Pedro del Pinatar
New taxi for the disabled in San Pedro del Pinatar
The new San Pedro taxi can easily accommodate..

Murcia considering construction of diving marine park
Murcia considering construction of diving marine park
The Costa Cálida is already an attractive..


La Morenica returns to Murcia
La Morenica returns to Murcia
The Virgen de la Fuensanta will stay in the Cathedral..

Murcia Town Hall urges the CHS to help restore the River Segura
Murcia Town Hall urges the CHS to help restore the River Segura
The council would like some small islands as..


Cartagena residents protest against changes in health service
Cartagena residents protest against changes in health service
The closure of the Rosell hospital in Cartagena..

Cartagena “loses” three thousand foreign residents in a year
Cartagena “loses” three thousand foreign residents in a year
2,300 Ecuadorian residents struck from the Cartagena..

Abaco News Banner
Murcia Golf Property La Torre
TORFX SPONSOR NEWS
Martinez de la Casa
Crewlink Ryanair recruitment days
Everything in the Garden Murcia
Autotunes Murcia
Nash Warren Insurance Bolnuevo
Jennifer Blower
Toballe Calzados S.L.
Mulligans Bar La Manga Club
The Piano Lounge Bar La Manga Club
Seguro Storage
Avonline Broadband agents
Hardy International Removals
Llamas Chimaneas

CLICK HERE for our

FREE Weekly News Bulletin