ARM Baja California

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Not to be confused with ARM California.
Name: Baja California
Namesake: Baja California
Builder: Tampico Naval Shipyard and Salina Cruz Naval Ship Yard
Commissioned: 1 April 2003
Status: in active service, as of 2014
General characteristics
Class & type: Oaxaca-class patrol vessel
Displacement: 1,850 short tons (1,678 t)
Length: 282 ft 2 in (86.00 m)
Beam: 34 ft 4 in (10.46 m)
Draft: 11 ft 8 in (3.56 m)
Propulsion: 2 × Caterpillar 3916 V16 Diesels, 2 props
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Troops: 39 Marines or Special Forces
Complement: 77 Sailors
Sensors and
processing systems:
2 × Terma Scanter 2001 Navigation/surface search radars
Selex NA-25 radar and optronic fire control system
Armament: 1 × Otobreda 76 mm gun
2 × OTO Melara 12.7 mm remote-controlled naval turret Mod. 517 with M2 12.7mm machine guns
1 × OTO Melara single 30/SAFS 30 mm cannon
Aircraft carried: 1 × Panther or Fennec helicopter
Aviation facilities: 1 helicopter hangar and helipad

ARM Baja California (PO-162) is a Oaxaca-class patrol vessel, constructed by and for the Mexican Navy.

It has a length of 282.2 feet (86.0 m), a draft of 11.8 feet (3.6 m), a beam of 34.4 feet (10.5 m), and displaces 1,850 short tons (1,678.3 t).[1]

Primary armament is a single OTO Melara 76 mm naval gun, with a pair of OTO Melara 12.7 mm remote controlled naval turret Mod. 517 with M2 12.7mm machine guns on each side, and an Oto Melara single 30/SAFS 30 mm cannon aft.

A helipad on the afterdeck has handling capabilities for a variety of helicopters, such as the Panther, Fennec, or the Bolkow Bo 105 Super-5.

The ship has a cruising speed of 20 knots (37 km/h), carries a complement of 77, and has provisions to carry a group of 39 special forces and/or marines for a variety of missions.


  1. ^ "Botadura de un nuevo buque para la armada de México". Boletines (in Spanish). Secretaria de Marina, Armada de México. April 11, 2003. Archived from the original on 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2007-11-17. 

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