BAP Carvajal (FM-51)

BAP Carvajal was the first out of four Carvajal-class frigates ordered by the Peruvian Navy in 1973. It was built by the Italian shipbuilder Cantieri Navali Riuniti at its shipyard in Riva Trigoso, Genoa. Though sea trials were initiated on 9 June 1977 its commissioning was delayed until 23 December 1979 due to delays in equipment deliveries by some subcontractors. In 1998 her flight deck was extended to allow ASH-3D Sea King helicopters to land and refuel, though the hangar is still too small to accommodate them.

BAP Carvajal in July 2005
Name: Carvajal
Namesake: Melitón Carvajal
Ordered: 1973
Builder: Cantieri Navali Riuniti (CNR)
Laid down: 8 August 1974
Launched: 17 November 1976
Commissioned: 23 December 1979
Homeport: Callao
Identification: FM-51
Name: Guardiamarina San Martin
Operator: Peruvian Coast Guard
Recommissioned: 26 December 2013
Reclassified: Offshore patrol vessel
Homeport: Callao
Identification: PO-201
Status: Active in service
Notes: ITU callsign: OBHH
General characteristics
Class and type: Carvajal-class frigate
Displacement: 2,206 tonnes (2,525 tonnes full load)
  • 113.2 m (371 ft) overall
  • 106 m (348 ft) waterline
Beam: 11.3 m (37 ft)
Draught: 3.7 m (12 ft)
  • 35 knots (65 km/h) with gas turbines
  • 21 knots (39 km/h) with diesel engines
Range: 4,350 nautical miles (8,056 km) at 16 knots (30 km/h)
Complement: 193 (22 officers)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Selenia IPN-10 action data automation (CMS)
  • 1 RAN-11L/X surface search radar
  • 1 RTN-10 × fire control radar
  • 2 navigation radar
Aircraft carried:
Aviation facilities: Fixed hangar for 1 medium helicopter

Carvajal was named after Vice Admiral Melitón Carvajal (1845–1935) who fought in the War of the Pacific. On 26 December 2013, after being stripped of its missile armament, fire control systems and main radar, the ship was reclassified as Patrullera Oceánica (Offshore patrol vessel) and transferred to the Coast Guard under the name BAP Guardiamarina San Martin (PO-201).[1]



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