Juan Carlos I (L61)

Juan Carlos I enters Istanbul, Turkey, in June, 2007. Uploaded to Wikipedia by user McNamara.

Nation
Ship Class
Laid Down
2005
Launched
2009
Commissioned
2010
AD/BC
AD
History

Juan Carlos I (L61) is a Spanish amphibious assault ship, though most other countries call her an aircraft carrier. Laid down in May, 2005, Juan Carlos commissioned 30 September, 2010. A first for a Spanish surface ship, she uses diesel-electric propulsion, capable of reaching 21 knots. Currently operating a mix of helicopters and AV-8B Harrier II fighter-bombers, Juan Carlos is also capable of operating the F-35 Lightning II JSF. Her maximum air wing is thirty, and she can also carry up to four LCM-1E type landing craft or a LCAC hovercraft in her stern well deck. Juan Carlos has a 9,000 nautical mile cruise range, and the design has served as the basis for ships in Australia and Turkey.