BAP Villavicencio (FM-52)

BAP Villavicencio is the second 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. Delays in the building of the first ship of the class, BAP Carvajal, meant Villavicencio was commissioned first on 25 June 1979 with the pennant number FM-52.

BAP Villavicencio in June 2014
Name: Villavicencio
Namesake: Manuel Villavicencio
Ordered: 1973
Builder: Cantieri Navali Riuniti (CNR)
Laid down: 21 April 1976
Launched: 7 February 1978
Commissioned: 25 June 1979
Homeport: Callao
Identification: FM-52
Fate: Active in service
Notes: ITU callsign: OBHG
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: 199 (22 officers)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Selenia IPN-10 action data automation (CMS)
  • 1 RAN-10S early warning radar
  • 1 RAN-11L/X surface search radar
  • 2 RTN-10X fire control radar
  • 2 RTN-20X fire control radar
  • 1 Decca BridgeMaster II navigation radar
  • EDO 610E(P) hull sonar
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • Lambda intercept system
  • 2 SCLAR decoy launchers
Aircraft carried: 1 AB-212ASW helicopter
Aviation facilities: Fixed hangar for 1 medium helicopter

Villavicencio is named after Vice Admiral Manuel Villavicencio (1840–1925) who fought in the War of the Pacific.


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