Spanish Destroyer Almirante Ferrándiz - History

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Almirante Ferrándiz took part in the Gibraltar Strait blockade. When a Republican squadron penetrated the Cantabrian Sea to relieve Republican toops isolated in the North, she remained in the strait with Gravina to stop any movement of Nationalist troops between Africa and the Iberian peninsula.

In response, the nationalist heavy cruiser Canarias (which Republicans believed had been damaged by a bomb) and light cruiser Almirante Cervera were sent to break the blockade.

On 29 September 1936, at the Battle of Cape Espartel, Canarias opened fire from 16 km (8.5 nm), and hit Almirante Ferrándiz with her second salvo. Ferrándiz continued sailing away from Canarias, but the heavy cruiser struck her again with a third salvo, at 20 km (10.8 nm). The destroyer took a total of six hits from the Canarias' 200 mm (8") main armament and sank 33 km (18 nm) off Calaburras with most of her crew. Canarias stopped to rescue 31 sailors from Almirante Ferrándiz and authorized a French merchantman to pick up others.

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