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  • Spain's Aircraft Carrier Begins Air-naval Certification Campaign
    Posted by Christina Mackenzie 3:28 PM on Feb 14, 2011

    The Juan Carlos I, Spain's amphibious aircraft carrier launched on September 30, 2010, is undergoing year-long sea trials and last week started the process of gaining its air-naval certification. The first helicopter landed aboard on February 8 at 10:51. Other helicopters from the 6th Squadron (Hughes 500) and the 3rd Squadron (AB-212) then followed.

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    Commander Emilio Aceña Medina brings his helicopter in to land on the Juan Carlos I. Photo credit: Spanish Navy

    The next phase will involve landing and take-off of Harrier AV-8B Plus of the 9th Squadron.

    The Juan Carlos I can handle up to 30 medium or heavy helicopters when configured as an amphibious helicopter carrier or between 10 to 12 Harriers and a similar number of medium helicopters when configured as an aircraft carrier.

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    The Juan Carlos I. Photo credits: Spanish Navy

    Tags: ar99, Spain

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