The Juan Carlos I
Its construction began in May 2005 at the Ferrol shipyard. It was launched on March 10, 2008 and delivered to the Spanish Navy in September 2010. Between direct and induced, it accounted for almost 10 million hours of work in Spain. Its Base harbour is the Naval Base of Rota, in the province of Cádiz.
The launching was attended by YRH Juan Carlos I and the vessel was sponsored by YRH. Sofia of Bourbon and Greece. It is the flagship of the Spanish Navy and stands out for combining the alternative capabilities of an aircraft carrier, an amphibious ship, a strategic projection ship and a humanitarian aid ship. It is a multipurpose, interoperable, trained and enlisted unit, which enables to face varied scenarios with guarantees of success.
The Admiral Chief of Staff of the Navy, Jaime Muñoz-Delgado and Díaz del Río emphasizes that “it is a technologically advanced unit” and that its design and construction entirely made in Spain “is a sign of the capabilities achieved by our defense industry”.