Navy of El Salvador
The Navy of El Salvador (Spanish: Fuerza Naval de El Salvador) is the naval arm of the Armed Forces of El Salvador. The current navy was created in 1952, after an absence of almost forty years.
Built around craft and duties absorbed from the Salvadoran Coast Guard, the navy is primarily composed of patrol boats tasked with coastal patrol and fishery protection. The current fleet is made up of three Camcraft-type patrol boats originally built in the United States for use as oilfield crew boats. New patrol boats have been ordered from Chile to replace or supplement the current, aging ships.
Camcraft-type small patrol boat|
N/A (British built patrol boats, retired in 1981)|
New Small Patrol Boat|
|General characteristics |
3 diesel engines, 1,200 bhp|
- 1 × 81mm mortar
- 2 × 12.7mm MG (GC7, GC8)
- 1 × 20mm gun (GC6)
Oilfield crew boats converted to patrol boats.|
Two (possibly three) new patrol boats have been ordered from Chile. They will be slightly larger than the current patrol boats with a displacement of 107 tons, measure 32.7 x 6.7 x 2.1 meters, and have a crew of 14. They will also be slightly slower with a top speed of 18 knots. Armament will be 1 x 20mm gun, and one 12.7mm machine gun.
- 1 2 "El Salvador". Military Technology World Defence Almanac. Bonn : Wehr & Wissen: 60. 2005. ISSN 0722-3226.
- ↑ "Country-Data.com".
- 1 2 "Hazegray.org".