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Ocean-going Tugboat "Mahón" (A-51)


The Commanding Officer of the ocean-going tug “Mahón” welcomes you “onboard” and invites you to learn more about this Maritime Action ship with home port in La Graña Naval Station (Corunna).

Ocean-going Tugboat "Mahón" (A-51)
DISPLACEMENT 1,544 tons
LENGTH 41 meters
BEAM 11.5 meters
PROPULSION 2 SULZER diesel engines (7,040 HP)
2 fixed-pitch propellers
2 electric generators
CREW 30
WEAPONS 2 BROWNING machine-guns (12.7 mm)
SENSORS 1 surface/air radar CONSILIUM SELESMAR TA 340
1 navigation radar SIMRAD RA54
MISCELLANEOUS 1 ZODIAC 1 RHIB
AIRCRAFT Capability to operate with small helicopters but without flight deck (VERTREP)

The main mission of this ship is to maneuver other vessels by pushing or towing them; normally Spanish Navy ships but also other civilian vessels in agreement with a treaty signed between the Spanish Navy and the Minister of Public Works as part of the National Rescue Plan.

Apart from her intrinsic mission, the A-51 also carries out other tasks like maritime surveillance, fishing inspections, support bonito campaign fishermen, cargo transport, refueling, midshipmen training, naval presence and collaboration with other Navy ships in firing exercises.

Our home port is La Graña Naval Station (Ferrol-Corunna).

The ship is equipped with two 12.7 mm “Browning” machine-guns and has several portable weapons like rifles, pistols and shotguns.

The “Mahón” A-51 has two small craft: An inboard engine, rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) and a smaller outboard engine Zodiac-type tasked for different missions like ships support, boarding, personnel and cargo transport, etc.

The “Mahón” is the fifth unit of a series built by Atlántico Shipyards in Santander as part of a support fleet for oil rigs. She was procured by the Spanish Navy as ocean-going tugboat and fitted with light weapons, communication systems and fire-fighting equipment.

The A-51 has always been stationed in Ferrol and has taken part in many rescue operations in northern Spain until 1992 when Maritime Rescue was transferred to another State Department. She also participated in the so-called “Turbot War” between Spain and Canada in Newfoundland waters. Subsequent upgrading enhanced her habitability to combine her tasks as offshore tugboat with that of a patrol boat.

Other milestones include:

  • Collaboration in the celebrations of the 500th Anniversary of the discovery of America.
  • Turbot War (NAFO) in 1995
  • Many bonito campaigns in the Gulf of Biscay and the Sole Bank.
  • Shipping control and surveillance during the sinking of the oiler “Prestige” in 2002.
  • Towing of decommissioned Navy ships to the Canary Islands to carry out sinking exercises with air and naval units.

The crew of the "Mahón" (A-51) consists of 30 people: 5 officers, 4 NCOs and 21 leading seamen and ratings.

The tugboat “Mahón” regularly carries out surveillance operations in maritime areas of national interest and takes part every year in scheduled exercises with other naval units or State departments with responsibilities in the maritime domain.

While in port, the A-51 carries out the necessary maintenance and repair works to keep the ship fully operational.

    
        

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