She was built on 1953 by the Sociedad Española de Construcción Naval at its Sestao shipyard. She had for her propulsion a triple expansion alternative machine, obsolete for those years. The reason was that it was very difficult to get propulsion engines because was not allowed importing them, and they were not yet built in Spain. The alternative machines could be made in the shipyards workshops. She was scrapped on 1976.
She had a sister ship, called Alfonso de Churruca, delivered on 1954. She was scrapped on 1977.