BAP Carvajal (FM-51)

Carvajal conducting exercises with the US Navy in July, 2005. US Navy photo.

Laid Down
1974
Launched
1976
Commissioned
1979
AD/BC
AD
History

BAP Carvajal (FM-51) is a Peruvian Carvajal-class frigate, based on the Italian Lupo-class. The main differences from their Italian cousins are different radars, a fixed hangar, and the use of the Aspide as their surface-to-air missile, rather than the Sea Sparrow. Carvajal commissioned 23 December, 1979, and is homeported in Callao. Her flight deck was extended in 1998 to allow her to operate the Sea King helicopter, but they can't fit in the hangar. Her missiles, fire control, and primary radar were removed in 2013, and she transferred to the Peruvian coast guard as BAP Guardiamarina San Martin (PO-201), reclassified as an offshore patrol vessel.