Navantia unveiled Spain’s new BAM-IS submarine rescue vessel

MADRID ($1=1.03 Euros) — The Spanish Navy will have a new submarine rescue ship. The so-called underwater intervention vessel will be delivered in 2025. The ship is designed by the Spanish shipyard Navantia. BAM-IS, as it was originally named, the project is supposed to replace Neptuno – an outdated rescue ship.

Navantia unveiled Spain's new BAM-IS submarine rescue vessel
Photo credit: Navantia

BAM-IS will have an innovative electric propulsion system, writes InfoDefensa. This system will allow the ship to maintain a fixed position in the open sea. This will be possible, according to the Spanish media, because of dynamic positioning [DP] class 2.

A wide working deck and a high-passage crane are part of the stern of the BAM-IS. There will be a so-called work area, which will allow the integration of various work modules. For an easier crew transfer, the Spaniards provided a helicopter deck. InfoDefense writes that BAM-IS will be compatible with NATO and US standards. This will allow their submarine rescue modules to be integrated.

The Spanish speed will be able to travel at speeds of up to 15 knots. Its displacement will be within 5,000 tons. Just over 90 meters is the length and about 20 meters is the width of the BAM-IS.

BAM-IS will be equipped with fixed and modular hyperbaric chambers, a wet bell, an observation ROV, a hydroacoustic positioning system [HPR], single and multibeam echo sounders, towed sonar, underwater telephone, submarines, production systems, storage and dive gas refueling, emergency supplies delivery system, operational ROV, AUV, beacon and pinger location, nacelle and hot water installation.

The ship will be able to participate in rescue missions and support submarine rescue, diving operations, incident and shipwreck intervention and rescue, and underwater heritage protection and will also have the capacity to integrate into the force.

Spain will spend approximately €167 million to build the ship. The keel should be laid by the end of 2023. In 2024, the ship will be launched and tests will begin. Thus, in 2025, Spain is scheduled to acquire BAM-IS.

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