Centauro-class fiscalization boat

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NRP Centauro P1155.JPG
NRP Centauro
Class overview
Name: Centauro
Builders: Arsenal do Alfeite, Estaleiros Navais do Mondego
Operators:  Portuguese Navy
Preceded by: Argos-class
In commission: 2000–present
Completed: 4
Active: 4
General characteristics
Type: Fiscalization boat
Displacement: 94 ton
Length: 27 m (89 ft)
Beam: 5.9 m (19 ft)
Draught: 2.8 m (9.2 ft)
Propulsion: 2 diesel-engines Cummings KTA-50-M2 with 1800 hp each
Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h)
Range: 1,350 nautical miles (3,000 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
  • 8
  • 1 officer
  • 1 petty-officer
  • 6 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
Navigation Furuno 1505 DA

2 12.7mm MG

1 Oerlikon 20mm

The Centauro-class fiscalization boat is a class of patrol boats in service with the Portuguese Navy. It is an evolution of the previous Argos-class, which is why it was previously referred to as Argos class - 2nd Series. The main difference from the previous Argos is the naval, corrosion-resistant, aluminium hull.

This class is meant for fisheries fiscalization and control duties mainly in the Mainland Portugal shores – with some sporadic presence in the Madeira Archipelago – up to 50 nautical miles (93 km).

The Centauro class is Portuguese-designed and built at the Arsenal do Alfeite (Almada) and Estaleiros Navais do Mondego (Figueira da Foz).

In 2007, one boat of this class, the NRP Sagitário, became the first Portuguese warship with a female commander, the second lieutenant Gisela Antunes.


Pennant Name Commissioned
P1155 Centauro 21 March 2000
P1156 Oríon 27 March 2001
P1157 Pégaso 17 June 2000
P1158 Sagitário 27 March 2001

External links[edit]

  • (in Portuguese) [1], Portuguese Navy website