The Spanish Navy is planning to have a new rescue vessel based on its Buque de Acción Marítima (BAM) offshore patrol vessel (OPV) in operation ahead of delivery of the first of its new S-80 Plus-class submarines, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed on 22 November.
While no concrete delivery date was given for either boat by the MoD, the latest estimate released by the Spanish Navy is that the new submarines could start entering service by late 2022.
The new rescue vessel will be known as the BAM-IS (Intervención Subacuática/Underwater Intervention). According to the Spanish Navy, the armament and equipment package for BAM-IS is “currently under development” and the next step in the replacement programme will be firming up the final design.
Want to read more? For analysis on this article and access to all our insight content, please enquire about our subscription options at ihs.com/contact