For the first time in history, the flagship of the Spanish Navy, the amphibious ship Juan Carlos I, passed under the great bridge of the 1812 Constitution. It was en route to the Navantia Puerto Real shipyard on November 9th to be subjected to major planned maintenance work.
Although Juan Carlos I, who was built by Navantia in Ferrol and delivered to the Navy in 2010, was stationed at the Rota Naval Base, he never penetrated the bottom of the Bay of Cádiz or went down with this emblematic bridge, which was inaugurated in 2015.
Until now, having undergone this type of work, it was sent to the Navantia plant in Cadiz, which was not possible now as its main dock is manned by the “Solitaire”, a Dutch ship engaged in the laying of pipes in deep waters that Navantia is modernizing. Therefore, the navy and the naval company have decided to carry out the work at the Puerto Real shipyard, which will involve around 300 workers from the Spanish navy and other metal auxiliaries and carry out repairs and maintenance work on the LHD Juan Carlos I.
This task, carried out in the macro-dike of the plant, the largest in Spain, also includes part of the LHD staff and specialists from the JICO (Head of Engineering, Construction and Works) of Cadiz, also from the Navy in addition to those of three subcontractors. It should last from last Monday to December 27th. Work is focused on improving the propulsion system, general repainting, revising the stabilizer blades, maneuvering propellers, checking the condition of the bottom valves, fire distributors and intake, and a full inspection of the tanks and other empty spaces. .
The most spectacular moment of the short journey of the LHD from Rota to Puerto Real was, as we can see in the picture, the passage under the Constitutional Bridge from 1812, which has a navigation gauge of 69 meters at its highest point. With a height from the keel to the cherry of the mast of 58 meters (including the draft of 7.1 meters), the Juan Carlos I passed his deck without any problems. (Julio Maíz Sanz)
Photography: The ?? Juan Carlos I ?? pass under the bridge of the 1812 constitution.
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