BAP Villavicencio (FM-52)

Villavicencio in the Straits of Florida, June, 2014. US Navy photo.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1976
Launched
1978
Commissioned
1979
AD/BC
AD
History

BAP Villavisencio (FM-52) is a Carvajal-class frigate of the Peruvian Navy. Ordered from Italy, she was laid down in 1976 as the second Carvajal-class, but was the first commissioned, on 25 June, 1979. Homeported at Callao, Villavisencio has both gas turbines for flank speed and diesel engines for cruising, and her top speed is 35 knots on the turbines. Cruise range on the diesels is 4,350 nautical miles. Her main armament is the eight fixed launchers for the Otomat SSM, which are supplemented by a 127mm (5")/54 cal deck gun and two triple torpedo tubes. Defensive weapons include an octuple launcher for the Aspide surface-to-air missile, and a pair of DARDO point defense mounts. She also carries a Bell 212 anti-submarine helicopter, with a hangar and landing pad aft.