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SPAIN'S NEW NAVY.

THE BUILDING PROGRAMME. CReceived 8.30 a.m.) LONDON, April 13. The Spanish contract in which Viekers, Son and Maxim and other British firms are interested comprises three 15,000-ton battleships, three destroyers, 24 torpedoboats, and four gunboats, the total costbeing seven millions sterling. In February Spanish engineering and banking firms, formed a company, with a capital of eight millions, of which 60 per cent, was reserved for Spanish investors, to build warships at Ferrol and Cartagena. The Government contracts, which include the rebuilding of the lost Tia.\y, will go to Viekers, Son and Maxim, John Brown, Armstrong's and Thornevcroft's. The ironclads will be of 15,000 tons displacement, with a speed of 19 knots. Above the floating line there will be the three layers of armour forming the belt. Under the floating line there will be two layers. The vessels will have a radius of action of 5000 nautical miles. Each ship will mount eight 12in guns, and 20 4in. The two types of guns will be protected by armour 9in thick and 4Jin respectively, and in the turrets the armour will be of 10in. The- ships will be propelled by turbines. The hulls of the vessels will be submitted to the British Admiralty tests. The maximum cost for.the three ships will be 130,000,000f. The time given for the construction of the ships is four years for the first; five and a-half years for the second, and seven for the third. The arsenal works are not to occupy over three years in completion. At Cartagena, six years for the complete equipment of the arsenal and the construction of the destroyers, which will be of 350 tons displacement, a speed of 28 knots, with turbine motors, and will five six-pounder guns, with, two tor-, pedo tubes. The maximum price *6r these will be 6000f. per ton. The 24 torpedo boats will be built in periods of 18 months for the first and seven years for the last. They will be of 180 tons, with a speed of 25 knots, and will mount three 3-pounder guns and have three torpedo tubes. The four gunboats will be of 800 tons, with four 14-pounder quickfirers, and a speed of 13 knots, with a radius of action of 2500 miles. The maximum price will be 1875f. per ton, and they are to Be ready in from 18 and 40 months.

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SPAIN'S NEW NAVY. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 88, 14 April 1909

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