Peruvian Coast Guard

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Directorate General of Captaincies and Coast Guard of Peru
Dirección General de Capitanías y Guardacostas del Perú
Peruvian cutters 2008.jpg
BAP Rio Nepeña (PC-243) and BAP Rio Tambo (PC-244) arriving to the Callao harbour after a patrol mission
Active 1919 - present
Country Peru
Role National Coast guard

3 patrol aircraft
1 offshore patrol vessel
6 coastal patrol ships
16 port patrol boats
13 harbour speedboats
12 river patrol craft
4 lake patrol boats

1 lake hospital ship
Part of Peruvian Navy
Garrison/HQ Callao Naval Base
Motto Securitas Dominatus Vigilantia
Anniversaries August 5 - Peruvian Maritime Authority’s Day
Director Rear Admiral Carlos Tejada Mera
Aircraft flown

DHC-6 Twin Otter

Fokker F-27-200


Currently the Peruvian Coast Guard is composed by seven coastal patrol ships, sixteen port patrol boats, and speedboats for bay control, river patrol boats, river speedboats, lake patrol boats, lake speedboats and motorboats for river interdiction, two Sea King helicopters for SAR operations, a Twin Otter hydroplane as well as a fleet of operational vehicles which strengthens operations by coast police of Coast Guard Captaincies.

Ship characteristics[edit]

Ship class Rio Cañete PGM 71 Rio Zarumilla
Displacement 296 t 147 t 37 t
Dimensions 50.9×7.4×1.7 m 36.0×6.4×1.8 m 20.0×5.2×1.0 m
Propulsion 4 Bazan/MTU V8V 16/18 TLS diesels
5,640 shp (4,210 kW), 2 shafts
2 GM Detroit Diesel GN-71 diesels
1,450 shp (1,080 kW), 2 shafts
2 GM Detroit Diesel 8V71 diesels
460 shp (340 kW), 2 shafts
Speed 23 knots (43 km/h) 18 knots (33 km/h) 18 knots (33 km/h)
Range 3,050 nmi (6,000 km) at 17 knots (30 km/h) 1,500 nmi (3,000 km) at 10 knots (20 km/h) 1,000 nmi (2,000 km) at 16 knots (30 km/h)
Crew 39 (4 officers) 18 (4 officers) 7 (1 officer)
Armament 1 x 20mm Oerlikon Mk.10 AA gun
2 x 12.7mm machine guns
1 x 20mm Oerlikon Mk.10 AA gun
2 x 12.7mm machine guns
1 x 20mm Oerlikon Mk.10 AA gun
2 x 12.7mm machine guns
Equipment 1 Decca 1226 navigation radar
VHF/UHF SATCOM transceiver
1 Raytheon navigation radar 1 Raytheon Pathfinder 1900 navigation radar


Vessel Origin Builder Class In service Notes
Offshore patrol vessel (1 in service)
BAP Guardiamarina San Martin (PO-201)  Italy Cantieri Navali Riuniti (CNR) Lupo class Yes commissioned in December 26, 2013; ex-BAP Carvajal (FM-51) transferred from the Navy after being stripped down of its missile weaponry and main radar, reclassified as Patrullera Oceánica (Offshore patrol vessel)[1]
Coastal patrol vessel (6 in service)
BAP Río Chira (PC-223)  Peru SIMA Callao PGM 71 class Yes commissioned in June 1972; originally transferred from Navy to Coast Guard in 1975, then paid off in 1994, restored to service in 1997 after engines refurbished.
BAP Río Piura (PC-242)  Italy Viareggio Río Zarumilla class No commissionedd in September 5, 1960; refitted in 1996.
sunk near Pisco on August 12, 2010
BAP Río Nepeña (PC-243)  Peru SIMA Chimbote Rio Cañete class Yes commissioned in December 1, 1981; refitted between 1996 and 1998
BAP Río Tambo (PC-244)  Peru SIMA Chimbote Rio Cañete class Yes commissioned in 1982; refitted between 1996 and 1998
BAP Río Ocoña (PC-245)  Peru SIMA Chimbote Rio Cañete class Yes commissioned in 1983; refitted in 1996
BAP Río Huarmey (PC-246)  Peru SIMA Chimbote Rio Cañete class Yes commissioned in 1984; refitted between 1996 and 1998
BAP Río Zaña (PC-247)  Peru SIMA Chimbote Rio Cañete class Yes commissioned in February 12, 1985; refitted between 1996 and 1998
Hospital ship (1 in service)
BAP Puno (ABH-306)  United Kingdom James Watt Foundry, Birmingham Yavarí class Yes commissioned in 1870; ex-Yapurá, now operates as a hospital ship


Aircraft Origin Type Version In service Notes
Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King  United States SAR helicopter UH-3H 2 six acquired from the US Foreign Military Sales program along with 12 GE T58-GE-40 engines for US$ 6 millions. First two delivered in December, 2010, to be employed in the Makassar class LPDs, two for the Coast Guard, two in storage.[2]
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter  Canada seaplane DHC-6-100 1 used for patrol and liaison duties in the Peruvian portion of the Amazon Basin


  • Peruvian Coast Guard Website
  • Jane's Fighting Ships 2004-2005


  1. ^ "Marina de Guerra del Perú realizará ceremonia de Zarpe de Expedición Científica a la Antártida – ANTAR XXII, Colocación de la Quilla del Remolcador Auxiliar de Salvamento y Patrullera Marítima, Transferencia del BAP Carvajal a DICAPI". Peruvian Navy. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Andina: (Spanish) Marina de Guerra refuerza equipos con cuatro aeronaves adquiridas a Holanda

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