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The obverse depicts an image of the Spanish Oiler "B.A.C. Patiño", according to a photograph property of the Spanish Navy.

On the reverse (common to all the pieces), the face value of the coin, 1.5 EURO, and the inscription HISTORY OF THE NAVIGATION appear. Out of the central circle there are six dolphins jumping.
Information about the Coin
Series History of Navigation  
Year 2019  
Colour Yes  
Diameter (mm) 33  
Face Value (Euro) 1.5
Metal Cupronickel  
Weight (g) 15  
Maximum Mintage (units) 10,000  



Period: Commissioned in the Spanish Royal Navy since June 16 1994.

Length: 165.84 m Beam: 23.7 m Draught: 8 m.

Propulsion: Two Bazán/Burmeister&Wain diesel engines, 24,000 HP.

Weaponry: Two 20 mm/85c Oerlikon cannons; two 12.7 mm Browning machine guns; six chaff launchers.

Description: The result of cooperation between the War Marine Corps of Spain and Holland and between the NAVANTIA Shipyards and the Royal Schelde Naval Shipyards, where the Amsterdam was built at the same time. Named after José Patiño Rosales, father of today’s Spanish Royal Navy and Secretary of State for the Navy and the Indies under King Philip V, the vessel has a displacement at full load of 17,045 tonnes. It is fitted with two Decca 2690 navigation radars, together with TACAN (Tactical Air Navigation System) URN-25 A equipment with which to assist its aircraft. With a maximum speed of 22 knots, its autonomy is 13,440 miles at 20 knots.

Its fuel tanks have a capacity of 6,700 tonnes and are thus able to provide fuel for three ships and one helicopter simultaneously. It can even supply fuel to a helicopter in stationary flight (VERTREP). It is able to transport 100 tonnes of frozen, refrigerated and dry foodstuffs with which to provide nourishment for the fleet. In its store rooms, it can transport up to 20 tonnes of munitions for rearming the fleet, along with nine tonnes of spare parts.

The hangar has the capacity to house two heavy helicopters. As it has its own workshop and crane, all maintenance tasks can be performed on board. It has a crew of 136 while the Embarked Air Unit is formed by up to 24 men.

Key events: The Patiño took part in the operations Sharp Guard (former Yugoslavia, 1996) and Allied Action (Kosovo Crisis, 1998). Its most noteworthy action took place in the Arabian Sea (2002), when the company on the frigate Navarra (Enduring Freedom) succeeded in seizing the vessel So San on its way from North Korea with 15 Scud missiles, 15 conventional warheads, 23 drums of nitric acid and 85 chemical products. The vessel has been involved in international exercises and formed part of several permanent NATO groupings. On several occasions, it has been engaged in Operation Atlanta in the fight against piracy off the coast of Somalia. On December 1 2012, it repelled an attack by a pirate skiff, causing the death of one pirate and detaining a further six, who were taken to Madrid under a court order.

In 2016, it was deployed on two occasions in Canada, whose Royal Marine Corps was in need of combat oil tankers and wished to test the Patiño with a view to ordering a vessel of this type from Spain. The Patiño remains in active service.