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One of the benefits of living near West India Dock is that when there is a ship visiting, they often have Open Days when you can undertake a tour of the ship.
Today the Spanish Navy frigate Méndez Núñez is open to the public from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm.
When I watched the ship come into dock, she looked larger than many of the other frigates who have visited and once you get on board that initial feeling is confirmed. It is 147 metres long with a beam of 17.5 metres with a depth of 9.8 metres. The ship has a of 201 plus 36 Air crew and staff.
The Méndez Núñez (F104) is a Álvaro de Bazán class frigate which was built by Navantia in its Ferrol Shipyards and was launched in 2004 and entered service in 2006.
The ship is relatively new and possesses lots of state-of-the-arts technology designed for anti-air warfare.
This is most obvious in the rather spacious bridge with a number of screens and displays that offer views of most of the systems on board. It operates under the AEGIS combat system with Radar, Torpedoes and Sonar, it also has the capacity for a Seahawk Helicopter.
The ship will be leaving the dock this evening, so if you would like to see Méndez Nunez , you will need to quick.