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The Peruvian Navy Improves its Capabilities with a New Logistics Support Vessel

The Peruvian Navy Improves its Capabilities with a New Logistics Support Vessel

By Dialogo
January 29, 2015




The Peruvian Navy recently added the Tacna ARL-158 logistics support vessel (LSV) to its fleet. The ship, the Navy’s largest, will help sailors respond to natural disasters and provide offshore logistical support to naval forces.

With the addition of the Tacna LSV to the Pacific Naval Force, “the Navy is recovering and strengthening operational capacities, as well as the morale and professionalism of its sailors,” President Ollanta Humala said on December 29, during the vessel’s commissioning ceremony at the Callao Naval Base.

The Tacna arrived at Callao Naval Base under the command of Captain Marco Chacón Bejar. Relatives and friends greeted the crew of the ship, which was returning from a six-month mission during which its crew trained in the Netherlands with the Navy of that country.

A versatile vessel


The ship will be assigned to the Department of Tacna, with the mission of serving the most vulnerable populations in the event of a natural disaster.

“The Tacna will become the Navy’s largest logistical support unit for humanitarian aid, and it will join the sailing vessel La Unión, which will be responsible for building the character of cadets and helping them learn navigational techniques,” Defense Minister Pedro Cateriano said during the commissioning ceremony.

The multipurpose ship is a valuable addition to the Navy’s fleet.

“The versatility and multiple capabilities of this vessel will allow it to provide logistical support to our offshore units by providing them with food and fuel in order to maintain operations over extended periods, giving more flexibility and autonomy to the Peruvian Navy and country,” Admiral Carlos Tejada Mera said during the ceremony.

The LSV has the capacity to transport up to 17,040 tons of food, water, medicine and fuel, and can accommodate up to 160 crew members.

It carries speedboats for maritime interdiction duties in the fight against criminal organizations, and is also outfitted with surgery and recovery rooms, where Military physicians can perform surgery and other medical procedures with the most sophisticated equipment available.

The ship can reach a speed of 20 knots per hour, according to El Peruano.


It also has a flight deck for SD-3D helicopters to carry out day and night operations and hangars for SH-3D and NH-90 helicopters, according to the website Caracol
.

Its armament consists of two machine guns: a Browning M-2HB .50 caliber (12.7 mm) and a SGE-30 30mm Goalkeeper CIWS. These weapons can fire rounds at the rate of 4,200 rpm, with a lethality range from 200 meters to 3 kilometers, the website Defensa
reported.

The Tacna will help the Navy perform humanitarian issues


With its versatility, the Tacna will help the Navy provide humanitarian aid to the civilian population during natural disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes. The vessel will also help naval forces combat terrorism and drug trafficking.

“The population in the VRAEM does not support the Shining Path group, and will not defend it,” Obando said. “The solution against the Shining Path belongs to the Military.”

The acquisition of the Tacna and other maritime vessels will also help the Peruvian Military fight drug trafficking and terrorist organizations, such as the Shining Path, in the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM) region. Peru’s modernization policy also includes the Air Force, which is co-manufacturing KT1s and acquiring C27 cargo planes, in addition to 24 helicopters to help in transportation and monitoring duties within the VRAEM.



The Peruvian Navy recently added the Tacna ARL-158 logistics support vessel (LSV) to its fleet. The ship, the Navy’s largest, will help sailors respond to natural disasters and provide offshore logistical support to naval forces.

With the addition of the Tacna LSV to the Pacific Naval Force, “the Navy is recovering and strengthening operational capacities, as well as the morale and professionalism of its sailors,” President Ollanta Humala said on December 29, during the vessel’s commissioning ceremony at the Callao Naval Base.

The Tacna arrived at Callao Naval Base under the command of Captain Marco Chacón Bejar. Relatives and friends greeted the crew of the ship, which was returning from a six-month mission during which its crew trained in the Netherlands with the Navy of that country.

A versatile vessel


The ship will be assigned to the Department of Tacna, with the mission of serving the most vulnerable populations in the event of a natural disaster.

“The Tacna will become the Navy’s largest logistical support unit for humanitarian aid, and it will join the sailing vessel La Unión, which will be responsible for building the character of cadets and helping them learn navigational techniques,” Defense Minister Pedro Cateriano said during the commissioning ceremony.

The multipurpose ship is a valuable addition to the Navy’s fleet.

“The versatility and multiple capabilities of this vessel will allow it to provide logistical support to our offshore units by providing them with food and fuel in order to maintain operations over extended periods, giving more flexibility and autonomy to the Peruvian Navy and country,” Admiral Carlos Tejada Mera said during the ceremony.

The LSV has the capacity to transport up to 17,040 tons of food, water, medicine and fuel, and can accommodate up to 160 crew members.

It carries speedboats for maritime interdiction duties in the fight against criminal organizations, and is also outfitted with surgery and recovery rooms, where Military physicians can perform surgery and other medical procedures with the most sophisticated equipment available.

The ship can reach a speed of 20 knots per hour, according to El Peruano.


It also has a flight deck for SD-3D helicopters to carry out day and night operations and hangars for SH-3D and NH-90 helicopters, according to the website Caracol
.

Its armament consists of two machine guns: a Browning M-2HB .50 caliber (12.7 mm) and a SGE-30 30mm Goalkeeper CIWS. These weapons can fire rounds at the rate of 4,200 rpm, with a lethality range from 200 meters to 3 kilometers, the website Defensa
reported.

The Tacna will help the Navy perform humanitarian issues


With its versatility, the Tacna will help the Navy provide humanitarian aid to the civilian population during natural disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes. The vessel will also help naval forces combat terrorism and drug trafficking.

“The population in the VRAEM does not support the Shining Path group, and will not defend it,” Obando said. “The solution against the Shining Path belongs to the Military.”

The acquisition of the Tacna and other maritime vessels will also help the Peruvian Military fight drug trafficking and terrorist organizations, such as the Shining Path, in the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM) region. Peru’s modernization policy also includes the Air Force, which is co-manufacturing KT1s and acquiring C27 cargo planes, in addition to 24 helicopters to help in transportation and monitoring duties within the VRAEM.
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