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Peru commissions pair of patrol boats
The Peruvian Navy put two new patrol boats into service on 23 March in a ceremony at Callao Naval Base.
SIMA Peru built the boats for EEZ and fisheries protection under a November 2019 contract from the Peruvian MoD and Ministry of Production. They will be operated by the Peruvian Coast Guard.
The vessels are each 14.07m long with a beam of 4.12m. They have a mission endurance at full load of 5.9h with a top speed of 41kt, the MoD noted, with a cruising speed of 25kt for 8.7h.
SIMA Peru is installing equipment on two other boats in preparation for on-site tests, the MoD noted.
Peruvian Minister of Defence Nuria Esparch said: ‘One of our main tasks has been to properly manage resources and ensure that the modernisation of our sector not only does not stop but is even faster and more effective.’
She added: ‘The iconic submarine BAP Chipana has been repaired at the SIMA shipyards, and the construction project of the second multipurpose [landing platform dock] vessel, BAP Paita, is continuing.’
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