Peruvian Coast Guard

The General Directorate of Captaincies and Coastguards is the maritime authority and the Peruvian Coast Guard, the same one that carries out the control and surveillance work in maritime, fluvial and lacustrine environments, as well as search and rescue tasks. It is attached to the Navy of Peru, and according to law is empowered to exercise the maritime, fluvial and lacustrine police in order to apply and enforce the national regulations and international instruments of which Peru is a party, for ensure the protection and safety of human life in the aquatic environment, the protection of the aquatic environment and its resources, as well as repress illicit activities within its jurisdiction.

Directorate General of Captaincies and Coast Guard of Peru
Dirección General de Capitanías y Guardacostas del Perú
Active1919 – present
RoleNational Coast guard
Size3 patrol aircraft

1 offshore patrol vessel
6 coastal patrol ships
16 port patrol boats
13 harbour speedboats
12 river patrol craft
4 lake patrol boats

1 lake hospital ship
Part ofPeruvian Navy
Garrison/HQCallao Naval Base
Motto(s)Securitas Dominatus Vigilantia
AnniversariesAugust 5 - Peruvian Maritime Authority’s Day
DirectorVice Admiral Victor Emanuel Pomar Calderón
Racing Stripe
Aircraft flown
PatrolDHC-6 Twin Otter
Fokker F-27-200


Currently the Peruvian Coast Guard is composed by seven coastal patrol ships, sixteen port patrol boats, and speedboats for bay control, river patrol boats, river speedboats, lake patrol boats, lake speedboats and motorboats for river interdiction, two Sea King helicopters for SAR operations, a Twin Otter hydroplane as well as a fleet of operational vehicles which strengthens operations by coast police of Coast Guard Captaincies.

Ship class Rio Cañete PGM 71 PGCP-50
Displacement 296 t 147 t 500 t
Dimensions 50.9×7.4×1.7m 36.0×6.4×1.8m 55.3×8.5×2.3m
Propulsion 4 Bazan/MTU V8V 16/18 TLS diesels
5,640 shp (4,210 kW), 2 shafts
2 GM Detroit Diesel GN-71 diesels
1,450 shp (1,080 kW), 2 shafts
2 Caterpillar3516C HD diesels
3,345 shp (2,494 kW), 2 shafts
Speed 23 knots (43 km/h) 18 knots (33 km/h) 22 knots (41 km/h)
Range 3,050 nmi (6,000 km) at 17 knots (30 km/h) 1,500 nmi (3,000 km) at 10 knots (20 km/h) 3,600 nmi (7,000 km) at 14 knots (30 km/h)
Crew 39 (4 officers) 18 (4 officers) 25 (5 officer) + 14 Boarding Team
Armament 1 x 20mm Oerlikon Mk.10 AA gun
2 x 12.7mm machine guns
1 x 20mm Oerlikon Mk.10 AA gun
2 x 12.7mm machine guns
1 x 30 mm Thypoon
2 x 12.7mm MiniThyponn machine guns
Equipment 1 Decca 1226 navigation radar
VHF/UHF SATCOM transceiver
1 Raytheon navigation radar 1 Toplite EOS (Electro-Optical, Surveillance and reconnaisannce)


Vessel Origin Builder Class In service Notes
Offshore patrol vessel (2 in service)
BAP Guardiamarina San Martin (PO-201)  Italy Cantieri Navali Riuniti (CNR) Lupo class Yes commissioned on December 26, 2013; ex-BAP Carvajal (FM-51) transferred from the Navy after being stripped down of its missile weaponry and main radar, reclassified as Patrullera Oceánica (Offshore patrol vessel)[1]
BAP Ferré (PM-211)  South Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries Pohang class Yes commissioned on July 15, 2016; ex-ROKN Gyeongju (PCC-758) transferred from the Republic of Korea Navy after shipbore equipment refurbished.
Coastal patrol vessel (10 in service)
BAP Rio Pativilca (PM-204)  Peru SIMA Chimbote PGCP-50 class Yes commissioned in 2016; (Offshore patrol vessel)[2]
BAP Rio Cañete (PM-205)  Peru SIMA Chimbote PGCP-50 class Yes commissioned in 2016; (Offshore patrol vessel)
BAP Rio Piura (PM-206)  Peru SIMA Chimbote PGCP-50 class Yes commissioned in 2017; (Offshore patrol vessel)[3]
BAP Rio Quilca (PM-207)  Peru SIMA Chimbote PGCP-50 class Yes commissioned in 2017(Offshore patrol vessel)[4]
BAP Río Chira (PC-223)  Peru SIMA Callao PGM 71 class Yes commissioned in June 1972; originally transferred from Navy to Coast Guard in 1975, then paid off in 1994, restored to service in 1997 after engines refurbished.
BAP Río Nepeña (PC-243)  Peru SIMA Chimbote Rio Cañete class Yes commissioned on December 1, 1981; refitted between 1996 and 1998
BAP Río Tambo (PC-244)  Peru SIMA Chimbote Rio Cañete class Yes commissioned in 1982; refitted between 1996 and 1998
BAP Río Ocoña (PC-245)  Peru SIMA Chimbote Rio Cañete class Yes commissioned in 1983; refitted in 1996
BAP Río Huarmey (PC-246)  Peru SIMA Chimbote Rio Cañete class Yes commissioned in 1984; refitted between 1996 and 1998
BAP Río Zaña (PC-247)  Peru SIMA Chimbote Rio Cañete class Yes commissioned on February 12, 1985; refitted between 1996 and 1998
Hospital ship (1 in service)
BAP Puno (ABH-306)  United Kingdom James Watt Foundry, Birmingham Yavarí class Yes commissioned in 1870; ex-Yapurá, now operates as a hospital ship

Decommissioned ships

Vessel Origin Builder Class Decommissioned Notes
BAP Río Piura (PC-242)  Italy Viareggio Río Zarumilla class 2010 commissioned on September 5, 1960; refitted in 1996.
sunk near Pisco on August 12, 2010


Aircraft Origin Type Version In service Notes
Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King  United States SAR helicopter UH-3H 2 six acquired from the US Foreign Military Sales program along with 12 GE T58-GE-40 engines for US$6 million. First two delivered in December, 2010, to be employed in the Makassar class LPDs, two for the Coast Guard, two in storage.[5]
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter  Canada seaplane DHC-6-100 1 used for patrol and liaison duties in the Peruvian portion of the Amazon Basin


  • Peruvian Coast Guard Website
  • Jane's Fighting Ships 2004-2005


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