ES Buque de Proyeccion Estrategica

Assault Carrier


The BPE is a LHA type vessel with a stern dock for one LCAC (Air-cushioned landing craft) but with the addition of a ski jump for STOVL operations carrying up to 30 aircraft including fighter jets of the AV-8B Harrier type. The ship can be used as a strategic transport and landing of ground forces or can be act as an aircraft carrier

Derivatives / Succeeded by
2014 AU Canberra class


27000full load (tn)
230length (m)
32beam (m)
6.90draught (m)
9000range (nm)
21max speed (knots)

4Naval Gun single 20 mm

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Typical Max
ES Spanish Navy Sikorsky S-61 H-3 06
ES Spanish Navy Agusta AB212 06
ES Spanish Army Aviation B CH-47D Chinook 04


ES Bazan Ferrol - Ria de Ferrol1

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2010--ESSpanish NavyL-61Juan Carlos I EBJC
2014--AURANLHD 02Canberra class HMAS Canberra VKCN - L02
2015--AURANLHD 01Canberra class HMAS AdelaideVKLA - L01

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2003-sep-05OrderedOrdered ES L-61 Juan Carlos I
2005-mayLaid downLaid down ES L-61 Juan Carlos I Building started in modules at Navantia plants in Ferrol and Fene.
2009-sep-22LaunchedLaunched ES L-61 Juan Carlos I
2010-sep-30CommissionedCommissioned ES L-61 Juan Carlos I
2010-oct-01HomeportHomeport ES L-61 Juan Carlos I Rota, Spain
2011-may-29Port VisitPort Visit ES L-61 Juan Carlos I 29May - 3Jun Istanbul, Turkey. on board Hughes369 HS.13-14, Sea King HS.9-08 : HS.9-09. plus AV-8
2015-octDeploymentDeployment ES L-61 Juan Carlos I Exercise Trident Juncture 2015 participated in multi-national NATO Maritime Command exercise, until Nov 2015
2016-oct-03DeploymentDeployment ES L-61 Juan Carlos I Exercise Emerald Move 2016 took part of European amphibious exercise Emerald Move 2016 off Sardinia, Italy
2016-nov-14 ES L-61 Juan Carlos I GRUFLEX 61 GRUFLEX 61 amphibious exercise Balearic Islands
2019-jun-08Port VisitPort Visit ES L-61 Juan Carlos I BALTOPS 19 In Kiel, preparing for NATO Baltic exercise 9-21 Jun.
2023-janAircraftAircraft ES L-61 Juan Carlos I certification of air operations of new FAMET CH-47F Chinooks completed with the ET-422

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