The frigate «Cristóbal Colón» is the fifth unit of the Álvaro de Bazán class (F-100) of the Spanish Navy. A ship that incorporates the most sophisticated combat system of its kind, AEGIS. Known as «The Shield of the Fleet», it provides a high combat capacity, allowing the integration of weapons and sensors.
The F-100 frigates were configured for maximum antiaircraft capability in underwater and antiaircraft operations.
In 2007, Navantia awarded the integral development engineering project to GHENOVA. This phase was completed in 2010, and was later moved to a second phase of production and maintenance engineering.