BAP Antofagasta (SS-32)

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US Navy 110920-N-FG395-014 The Peruvian navy submarine BAP Antofagasta (SS 32) arrives in Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay for a port visit.jpg
BAP Antofagasta during a port visit to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in the United States in 2011
Name: BAP Antofagasta
Ordered: 12 August 1976
Builder: Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft AG
Laid down: 3 December 1977
Launched: 19 December 1979
Commissioned: 22 May 1981
Homeport: Callao
Identification: SS-32
Motto: Nuestro orgullo es su vergüenza
General characteristics
Class and type: Type 209/1200 submarine
  • 1,180 t surfaced
  • 1,285 t submerged
Length: 55.9 m (183 ft)
Beam: 6.4 m (21 ft)
Draught: 5.9 m (19 ft)
  • 4 MTU Type 12V493 AZ80 GA31L diesel engines
  • 1 Siemens electric motor
  • 1 shaft
  • 4,600 hp (3,400 kW)
  • 11 kn (20 km/h) surfaced
  • 21 kn (39 km/h) submerged
Range: 11,300 nmi (20,900 km; 13,000 mi) surfaced at 4 kn (7.4 km/h)
Endurance: 40 days on patrol
Complement: 5 officers, 26 enlisted
  • 8 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes
  • 14 SST-4 torpedoes

BAP Antofagasta is one of two Type 209/1200 submarines ordered by the Peruvian Navy on 12 August 1976. She was built by the German shipbuilder Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft AG at its shipyard in Kiel. She is named after the Naval Battle of Antofagasta during the War of the Pacific. Following sea trials in the North Sea, she arrived at its homeport of Callao in 1981. After several years in service she was overhauled by Servicio Industrial de la Marina (SIMA) at Callao in 1996 for further use.


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