ARM Durango

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Namesake: ARM Durango
Builder: Mexican Navy Ship yards
Commissioned: September 11, 2000
Status: Active
General characteristics
Class and type: Durango class patrol vessel
Displacement: 1300 Tons
Length: 81.4 m (267 ft)
Beam: 10.5 m (34 ft)
Draft: 3.90 m (12.8 ft)
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h)
  • 70 Troop capacity
  • 55 crew
Armor: Rolled armor with composite overlay
Aircraft carried: Eurocopter Fennec
Aviation facilities: Helipad and helicopter hangar

ARM Durango (PO-151) is a Durango class oceanic patrol vessel in the Mexican Navy with a main 57mm gun turret and a helicopter landing pad, currently primarily used to fight drug cartels. It is also armed with SA-18 Grouse missiles. Like other ships of this class, it was designed and built in Mexican dockyards, and is sometimes referred to as a compact frigate. It was named after the Mexican state of Durango

Drug Interception[edit]

On December 6, 2009, ARM Durango, in a joint operation with a United States Coast Guard ship, intercepted 4 boats 55 nautical miles (102 km) from the Guatemalan - Mexico border in the Pacific. 20 packages of cocaine with the weight of 262 kilos were seized and 9 men were detained.[1]

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