Colombian National Navy Getting New Coastal Patrol Boat
By Dialogo May 12, 2011
The ARC 11 de Noviembre, the National Navy’s new coastal patrol boat, which will reinforce maritime interdiction and search-and-rescue operations in the Colombian Caribbean, has left the port of Berne, Germany.
In a voyage that will last forty-two days, the “ARC 11 de Noviembre” will visit the ports of Lisbon in Portugal, Mindelo in Cape Verde, Fortaleza and Belem in Brazil, and Bridgetown in Barbados, before arriving at the Colombian port of Cartagena de Indias.
This is the National Navy’s first patrol boat of the CPV (Coastal Patrol Vessel) 40 class, with a length of 40 meters, a beam of 7.56 meters, a displacement of 245 tons, and a range of two thousand nautical miles and fifteen days sailing, with twenty-four men on board.
Construction began in Germany approximately a year ago on this coastal patrol boat, which will be named the “ARC 11 de Noviembre” in honor of the date on which independence was proclaimed in the city of Cartagena, 11 November.
A highlight of the vessel’s characteristics is a deployable ramp at the stern, enabling the rapid launch of a small boat in support of operations in the fight against drug trafficking, saving human lives at sea, and protecting the environment. At the prow, the vessel will have a naval gun for surface fire support.
The machine room, for its part, has a control system operated from the bridge, enabling greater control of the equipment.
The National Navy has seven coastal patrol boats, three of them in the jurisdiction of the Caribbean Naval Force and the other four in the jurisdiction of the Pacific Naval Force, with the “ARC 11 de Noviembre” being the first of the CPV 40 class.
The naming ceremony for the “ARC 11 de Noviembre”, which will carry the number 145 on its hull, will be held as part of the celebration of the National Navy’s 188th anniversary, to be commemorated on 24 July.
The chief mission of this unit, which is expected to arrive in a Colombian port on 20 June, will be to carry out maritime interdiction operations and guarantee adequate coverage of the Caribbean coastline and the island area of the Department of San Andrés, including Providencia Island, Santa Catalina Island, and the other islands that make up the San Andrés Archipelago.