Brazil and Peru launch domestically built naval vessels
On 2 December, the Arsenal de Marinha do Rio de Janeiro (AMRJ) shipyard delivered the patrol vessel Maracanã (P-72), the third of four in the Macaé class. Macaé and Macau are already operational, while the last ship, Mangaratiba, is scheduled to be delivered by 2025.
Maracanã, which displaces 425t, has a crew of 35 and carries one 40mm and two 20mm guns. It will be assigned to the South/Southeastern Naval Patrol Command in Santos, Sao Paulo state.
A week later, on 9 December, the Peruvian state-run shipyard SIMA launched the Makassar-class landing platform dock (LPD) BAP Paita (AMP-157). Paita is not yet operational; the Peruvian government explained that the 'first phase' was completed with the launch.
Photos of the vessel seen by Shephard show that antennas and radars are still missing on top of the bridge. The fleet already operates another ship of this class, also domestically manufactured, BAP Pisco (AMP-156).
The Peruvian government has not announced when Paita will be incorporated into the fleet.
While Paita and Pisco can be utilised for military operations, they can also be deployed for humanitarian assistance/disaster relief mission. Pisco has transported medicine, food, and machinery to help coastal communities affected by disasters such as landslides.
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