SPS Almirante don Juan de Bourbon

The Truxtun was followed by the Almirante Juan de Bourbon, an Alvaro de Bazan class frigate of the Spanish navy. Note how she looks like a sleeker, stealthier Burke – both were built on the same Aegis system, but the Bazans are newer.

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17 responses to “SPS Almirante don Juan de Bourbon

  1. John Erickson

    Aw, come on. No side-by-sides for comparison? And you call yourself a naval aficionado? Why weren’t you out in a rowboat right alongside? ;)
    (Oh sure, whine about getting shot at. :p )

  2. x

    Imagine SPS Almirante don Juan de Bourbon on your cap tally. Either you would need small letters, a big head, or perhaps two heads……….

    • John Erickson

      How about half on one cap, half on the other, and each pair of sailors have to stand REALLY close together? :D

      • James Daly

        Apparently when QHM were trying to call up the Bourbon as she approached outer spit bouy they used her full name 10 times with no answer. In desperation they called her ‘Spanish warship’, to be greeted by ‘ola!’

        • x

          Once I did get into trouble with QHM for eating my lunch on one of the mooring buoys towards North Corner. MoD plod swang by and let us off when we entered a plea of “Sea Cadets.” More concerned for our safety more than anything else. Nice guys.

          • James Daly

            I’ve sat there fishing all day with no hassle. Caught a couple of flounder too. I almost went over the bow of a Shetland sheltie there. The civvie water plod are ones to watch, boats with speed cameras!

      • x

        Now John is the time to confess you were in the marching band in high school. :) ;)

        • John Erickson

          Nope. Choir. Sorry! (Though I did try to push the idea of a marching choir, with wireless amps. Mind you, that was over 30 years ago, and the technology was, shall we say, wanting.)

          • x

            Ahh! John was in Glee Glub…. :)

            • James Daly

              Just a small town girl… :P

              Only here could talk go from a Spanish frigate to glee within a day! :)

            • John Erickson

              The wife is the small town girl (South Bend Indiana is small compared to Chicago!). I’m the city boy, born and raised in western Chicago. Try to re-write THAT lyric! :D
              Oh, poor, naive James, I am on several blogs that have covered current events, goats, the 3 Stooges, and World War 2 all in one day! (Then again, they didn’t do so until I joined…. ;) )

  3. John Erickson

    Argh! Margin creep! :D
    Technically, I wasn’t in Glee. When I started Choir in Junior High (Grade 7), there was a separate Glee Club you could take. If I remember correctly, there was something other than group singing you had to do – solos, quartets, something that didn’t appeal to me. So I launched in Junior High choir, which led me to High School (Grade 9) Chorale. Yep, I was in a Chorale for 2 years (it works better if you say it out loud. ;) ). I was one of 3 tenors, with 5 basses, 20 altos, and 20 sopranos. We spent more time yelling than actually singing, just to be heard!

    • x

      You cover story has far, far too much detail Erickson! ;)

    • John Erickson

      So what, you’re claiming I wasn’t REALLY in the choir, a Trek fan, AND a WW2 historian? Think about this – maybe John Erickson really was, and I am not HIM! ;)
      Alternately, maybe I’m schizoid. One was in choir, one was the Trekkie, one loves WW2, one is talking to you right now, and the other 18 are out playing baseball! :D

      • x

        Somebody stole my identity once. They soon brought it back………. :)

      • John Erickson

        Sounds like my protection against identity theft. I have no money, I have no credit cards, and my credit rating (in the US, a 3-digit number around 200-900) is negative! :D
        Oh, and I’m known for having a goat as a best friend. (Sorry, James, but I DID meet Blackjack BEFORE you. ;) )

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