The Peruvian Navy (Spanish: Marina de Guerra del Perú, abbreviated MGP, literally "Peruvian War Navy") is the branch of the Peruvian Armed Forces tasked with surveillance, patrol and defense on lakes, rivers and the Pacific Ocean up to 200 nautical miles (370 km; 230 mi) from the Peruvian littoral. Additional missions include assistance in safeguarding internal security, conducting disaster relief operations and participating in international peacekeeping operations.
The Marina de Guerra del Perú celebrates the anniversary of its creation in 1821 on October 8 and also commemorates the decisive Battle of Angamos, the final part of the naval campaign of the War of the Pacific between Peru and Chile at the end of 1879.
Marina de Guerra del Perú
Coat of arms of the Peruvian Navy
|Active||8 October 1821 – today|
|Allegiance||Ministry of Defense|
|Size||25,988 active personnel 51 ships, 33 aircraft|
|Naval headquarters||Callao naval base, Peru|
|Patron||Miguel Grau Seminario|
|Anniversaries||October 8 – Navy's Foundation Day and Anniversary of the Battle of Angamos|
2 landing ships, tank
6 River gunboats
2 Training Ships
|Engagements||Gran Colombia-Peru War|
|Commander-in-Chief||Fernando Cerdán Ruiz|
The Marina de Guerra del Perú was established on 8 October 1821 by the government of general José de San Martín. Its first actions were undertaken during the War of Independence (1821–1824) using captured Spanish warships. The Peruvian Naval Infantry was also formed during the war with Spain, performing successfully in their first battle where they seized Arica from the Spanish.
Shortly afterwards it was engaged in the war against the Gran Colombia (1828–1829) during which it conducted a blockade against the seaport of Guayaquil and then helped with the occupation of this city by Peruvian forces. It saw further action during the wars of the Peru-Bolivian Confederacy (1836–1839) and during the Chincha Islands War with Spain (1866).
The breakout of the War of the Pacific (1879–1883) caught the Peruvian Navy unprepared and with inferior forces in comparison with the Chilean Navy. Even so, hit-and-run tactics carried out by Peruvian Admiral Miguel Grau, commander of the ironclad Huáscar, delayed the Chilean advance by six months until his death and defeat at the Battle of Angamos.
Following the War of the Pacific, the Peruvian Navy had to be rebuilt from the ground up. In 1900 the force amounted to only one cruiser of 1,700 tons displacement, a screw-driven steamer, and ten smaller ships – the latter described by a contemporary British publication as "of no real value". The lengthy process of expansion and rebuilding started in 1907 with the acquisition in the United Kingdom of the scout cruisers Almirante Grau and Coronel Bolognesi, followed by the arrival of two submarines, Ferré and Palacios, from France in 1911. During the Presidency of Augusto B. Leguía (1919–1930) a Navy Ministry was established as well as a Navy Aviation Corps, both in 1920.
Border conflicts with Colombia in 1911 and 1932 and a war with Ecuador in 1941 saw Peruvian warships involved in some skirmishes in support of the Army. The attack on Pearl Harbor brought World War II to the Pacific and even though Peru did not declare war on the Axis until 1945, its Navy was involved in patrol missions against possible threats by the Imperial Japanese Navy from early 1942 up to mid-1945.
During the 1970s and the first half of the 1980s the Peruvian Navy carried out a major buildup programme which allowed it to take advantage over its traditional rival, the Chilean Navy. The navy purchased one cruiser the BAP Almirante Grau (CLM-81) from the Netherlands, eight Carvajal-class frigates from Italy – four newly purchased and four ex-Lupo-class frigates – as well as six PR-72P-class corvettes from France. The buildup proved to be temporary due to the economic crisis of the second half of the 1980s, forcing the decommissioning of several warships and resulting in a general lack of funds for maintenance.
The economic upturn of the 1990s and into the 2000s would later permit some improvement, although at a reduced force level compared to the early 1980s.
Into the 21st century, the Peruvian Navy began to modernize their ships. In 2008, the Type 209/1100 submarines were modernized while the Carvajal-class frigates began to be modernized in 2011. The Type 209/1200 submarines began to be modernized in late-2017 beginning with the BAP Chipana (SS-34).
SIMA has continued to construct ships for the Navy. In 2013, SIMA partnered with Posco Daewoo Corporation and Daesun Shipbuilding of South Korea to construct two Makassar-class landing platform docks. The BAP Pisco (AMP-156), recently launched on 25 April 2017, as well as the BAP Paita which is currently under construction will provide Peru with increased expeditionary warfare capabilities, with the ability to accommodate multiple Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel, newly purchased LAV IIs and helicopters.
In 2018, a modernization program was initiated to upgrade Peru's Type 209/1200 submarines, the BAP Chipana, BAP Angamos, BAP Antofagasta and BAP Pisagua, with a contract with ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems being made for further assistance with SIMA.
The current Commander-in-Chief of the Peruvian Navy is Admiral Nicolas Rios Polastri. Naval Forces are subordinated to the Ministry of Defense and ultimately to the President as Commander-in-Chief of the Peruvian Armed Forces. They are organized as follows:
Operational units are divided between three commands:
Pacific Operations General Command, it comprises the following units:
Amazon Operations General Command, tasked with river patrolling in the Peruvian portion of the Amazon Basin.
Directive General of Captains and Coast Guard, oversees Coast Guard operations
The Naval Aviation Force (in Spanish): (Fuerza de Aviación Naval, AVINAV) is the air branch of the Peruvian Navy, its roles include anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, maritime surveillance, reconnaissance and transport of marine personnel. It is also responsible for airborne operations of the Peruvian Marines.
Although most of the fleet is based at Callao, this has not been considered an ideal location since it is also the main outlet for Peruvian trade, causing space and security problems. In the 1980s the building of a new naval base at Chimbote was considered though high costs and a poor economic situation made the project unfeasible.
|Personnel (as of 2001)|
|NCO in training||1,533|
|Total||25,988 (excl. civilians)|
|Submarines (5 in service)|
|BAP Angamos (SS-31)||Germany||diesel-electric submarine||Type 209/1200||Yes||ex-BAP Casma.|
|BAP Antofagasta (SS-32)||Germany||diesel-electric submarine||Type 209/1200||Yes|
|BAP Pisagua (SS-33)||Germany||diesel-electric submarine||Type 209/1200||Yes|
|BAP Chipana (SS-34)||Germany||diesel-electric submarine||Type 209/1200||No||ex-BAP Blume. Currently being upgraded.|
|BAP Islay (SS-35)||Germany||diesel-electric submarine||Type 209/1100||Yes||Upgraded in 2008|
|BAP Arica (SS-36)||Germany||diesel-electric submarine||Type 209/1100||Yes||Upgraded in 2008|
|Guided missile frigates (7 in service)|
|BAP Villavicencio (FM-52)||Italy||guided missile frigate||Carvajal-class frigate||Yes|
|BAP Almirante Grau (FM-53)||Peru||guided missile frigate||Carvajal-class frigate||Yes||BAP Montero until 2017, when became fleet flagship|
|BAP Mariátegui (FM-54)||Peru||guided missile frigate||Carvajal-class frigate||Yes|
|BAP Aguirre (FM-55)||Italy||guided missile frigate||Lupo-class frigate||Yes||ex-Orsa (F-567), overhauled and upgraded in SIMA Callao shipyard along with BAP Bolognesi. Currently in sea trials.|
|BAP Palacios (FM-56)||Italy||guided missile frigate||Lupo-class frigate||Yes||ex-Lupo (F-564)|
|BAP Bolognesi (FM-57)||Italy||guided missile frigate||Lupo-class frigate||Yes||ex-Perseo (F-566), overhauled and upgraded in SIMA Callao shipyard with locally-made CMS and ESM systems, a Kronos NV 3D radar, MASS countermeasures system and 4 MM40 Block III Exocet missiles replacing Otomat.|
|BAP Quiñones (FM-58)||Italy||guided missile frigate||Lupo-class frigate||Yes||ex-Sagittario (F-565)|
|Guided missile corvettes (6 in service)|
|BAP Velarde (CM-21)||France||fast attack craft||PR-72P-class corvette||Yes|
|BAP Santillana (CM-22)||France||fast attack craft||PR-72P-class corvette||Yes|
|BAP De los Heros (CM-23)||France||fast attack craft||PR-72P-class corvette||Yes|
|BAP Herrera (CM-24)||France||fast attack craft||PR-72P-class corvette||Yes|
|BAP Larrea (CM-25)||France||fast attack craft||PR-72P-class corvette||Yes|
|BAP Sánchez Carrión (CM-26)||France||fast attack craft||PR-72P-class corvette||Yes|
|Amphibious (3 in service, 1 in construction)|
|BAP Pisco (AMP-156)||Peru||Landing Platform, Dock||Makassar class||Yes||Ordered in July 13, 2013; launched in April 25, 2017; commissioned in June 21, 2018.|
|BAP Paita (AMP-157)||Peru||Landing Platform, Dock||Makassar class||No||ordered in March 15, 2018; laid down in December 2017|
|BAP Callao (DT-143)||United States||Landing Ship, Tank||Terrebonne Parish class||Yes||ex-USS Washoe County|
|BAP Eten (DT-144)||United States||Landing Ship, Tank||Terrebonne Parish class||Yes||ex-USS Traverse County|
|River gunboats vessels (6 in service)|
|BAP Loreto (CF-11)||United States||River gunboat||Loreto class||Yes|
|BAP Amazonas (CF-12)||United States||River gunboat||Loreto class||Yes|
|BAP Marañón (CF-13)||United Kingdom||River gunboat||Marañón class||Yes|
|BAP Ucayali (CF-14)||United Kingdom||River gunboat||Marañón class||Yes|
|BAP Clavero (CF-15)||Peru||River gunboat||Clavero class||Yes||severely damaged by an uncontrolled fire in her first operational deployment on May 25, 2010; leaving two crewmen badly injured. Returned to service on July 27, 2012 during the BRACOLPER 2012 exercise.|
|BAP Castilla (CF-16)||Peru||River gunboat||Clavero class||Yes||laid down on April 9, 2010 in the SIMA Iquitos shipyard, launched on June 8, 2013 and commissioned on March 14, 2016, second and final ship of its class, has some improvements over its sister ship, mainly in armament|
|Training ships (2 in service)|
|BAP Unión (BEV-161)||Peru||Sail training ship||–||Yes||laid down on December 8, 2012 in the SIMA Callao shipyard, commissioned January 27, 2016, with an estimated cost of US$50 millions.|
|BAP Marte (ALY-313)||Canada||Sailing yacht||–||Yes||assigned to the Peruvian Naval School as a training ship|
|Tugs and support ships (5 in service)|
|BAP Unanue (AMB-160)||United States||Diving support ship||Sotoyomo class||Yes||ex-USS Wateree|
|BAP San Lorenzo (ART-323)||Germany||Torpedo recovery vessel||–||Yes|
|BAP Morales (RAS-180)||Peru||Diving support offshore tugboat||Morales class||Yes||ordered in 2014, 50 TBP class locally designed tugboat, equipped to support diving, firefighting and rescue operations. Delivered in November 2016|
|BAP Selendón||Peru||Harbour tugboat||20 TBP class tug||Yes||Built in SIMA Callao shipyard, ordered in 2011. Delivered in the first quarter of 2012.|
|BAP Medina||Peru||Harbour tugboat||20 TBP class tug||Yes||Built in SIMA Callao shipyard, ordered in 2011. Delivered in late 2012.|
|Tankers and barges (4 in service)|
|BAP Caloyeras (ACA-111)||United States||Water barge||YW-83 class||Yes||ex-US YW-128|
|BAP Noguera (ACP-118)||United States||Fuel barge||YO type||Yes||ex-US YO-221|
|BAP Gauden (ACP-119)||United States||Fuel barge||YO type||Yes||ex-US YO-171|
|BAP Tacna (ARL-158)||Netherlands||Replenishment Ship||Amsterdam class||Yes||ex-HNLMS Amsterdam|
Built in 1995, acquired in July 2014 from the Royal Netherlands Navy, commissioned on December 4, 2014 at the Den Helder naval base, Netherlands.
|Hospital vessels (5 in service)|
|BAP Morona (ABH-302)||Peru||River hospital ship||Morona class||Yes|
|BAP Corrientes (ABH-303)||Peru||Small river hospital craft||–||Yes|
|BAP Curaray (ABH-304)||Peru||Small river hospital craft||–||Yes|
|BAP Pastaza (ABH-305)||Peru||Small river hospital craft||–||Yes|
|BAP Puno (ABH-306)||United Kingdom||Lake hospital ship||Yavarí class||Yes||ex-Yapura|
operated by the Peruvian Coast Guard
|Scientific research vessels (6 in service)|
|BAP Carrasco (BOP-171)||Spain||Oceanographic research ship||NC-704 class||Yes||95-m long steel-hulled vessel designed to operate in the Antarctic region as well as in Peruvian waters. Construction contract signed in December 2014 with Freire Shipyard. Keel-laying scheduled for June 22, 2015, to be delivered July 2016. Commissioned in May 2017.|
|BAP Stiglich (AH-172)||Peru||Hydrographic survey ship||Morona class||Yes|
|BAP Zimic (COMBSH-173)||Netherlands||Hydrographic survey ship||Dokkum class||Yes||ex-HNLMS Abcoude minesweeper. ex-BAP Carrasco, repowered in 2006 with 2 Volvo Penta engines at SIMA Callao, in 2015 received a high power multibeam echosounder.|
|BAP La Macha (AEH-174)||Peru||Hydrographic survey ship||–||Yes|
|BAP Carrillo (AH-175)||Netherlands||Hydrographic survey ship||van Straelen class||Yes||ex-HNLMS van Hamel minesweeper|
|BAP Melo (AH-176)||Netherlands||Hydrographic survey ship||van Straelen class||Yes||ex-HNLMS van der Wel minesweeper. Repowered in 2006 with 2 Volvo Penta engines at SIMA Callao.|
|BAP América (RH-90)||United Kingdom||River gunboat||América class||restored at SIMA Iquitos shipyard, on display in Clavero naval station.|
|BAP Abtao (SS-42)||United States||Sierra-type submarine||Abtao class||1998||become a museum ship in 2004|
|BAP Bayovar (ATP-154)||Russia||Oil tanker||Grigoriy Nesterenko type||2017||ex-Petr Schmidt, auctioned in March 21, 2018|
|BAP Zorritos (ATP-155)||Russia||Oil tanker||Grigoriy Nesterenko type||2017||ex-Grigoriy Nesterenko, auctioned in March 21, 2018|
|BAP Almirante Grau (CLM-81)||Netherlands||Cruiser||De Zeven Provinciën class||26 September 2017||ex-HNLMS De Ruyter (C801)|
|BAP Guardian Rios (ARA-123)||United States||Offshore tugboat||Cherokee class||2015||ex-USS Pinto, inactive since 2014, to be scrapped|
|BAP Dueñas (ARB-126)||United States||Harbour tugboat||PC-461-class||2015||ex-USS PC-1138, decommissioned in 1956 and sold, then first converted into icebreaker and finally into a tugboat (hull shortened), acquired by the Peruvian Navy in 1984. Inactive since 2014, to be scrapped|
|BAP Unión (ABE-161)||Peru||Transport ship||Ilo class||December 2014||ex-BAP Mollendo (ATC-131). Decommissioned in late 2014, towed to be scrapped in Ecuador.|
|BAP Carvajal (FM-51)||Italy||guided missile frigate||Carvajal-class frigate||26 December 2013||Transferred to the Coast Guard under the name BAP Guardiamarina San Martin (PO-201) after being stripped down of its missile weaponry and main radar, reclassified as Patrullera Oceánica (Offshore patrol vessel).|
|BAP Paita (DT-141)||United States||Tank landing ship||Terrebonne Parish class||September 2012||ex-USS Walworth County (LST-1164), sunk as a target during the exercise Independencia|
|BAP Pisco (DT-142)||United States||Landing Ship, Tank||Terrebonne Parish class||2012||ex-USS Waldo County (LST-1163), scrapped that year after sold.|
|BAP Ferré (DM-74)||United Kingdom||Guided-missile destroyer||Daring class||13 July 2007||ex-HMS Decoy|
|BAP Talara (ATP-152)||Peru||Replenishment tanker||Talara class||12 August 2008||capable of underway replenishment at sea from the stern|
|BAP Lobitos (ATP-153)||United States||Oil tanker||Sealift Pacific class||20 July 2008||ex-USNS Sealift Caribbean (T-AOT-174)|
|Oto Melara 127/54 Compact Gun||Italy||dual-purpose naval gun||127/54 Compact||Lupo-class|
|Oto Melara 76/62 Compact Gun||Italy||dual-purpose naval gun||76/62 Compact||PR-72P-class|
|Oto Melara Twin 40 Compact Gun||Italy||Close-in weapon system (CIWS)||Twin Forty||Lupo-class
|MBDA Otomat||Italy||Anti-ship missile (AShM)||Otomat II Block 3||Lupo-class||on December 8, 2008 an updated Otomat missile was successfully launched from BAP Aguirre, hit a target at a range in excess of 150 km (93 mi).|
|MBDA Exocet||France||Anti-ship missile (AShM)||MM40 Block 3||Lupo-class||four fire control systems and sixteen missiles ordered on December 15, 2010. Scheduled to be installed in the 4 Aguirre class frigates.|
|MBDA Exocet||France||Anti-ship missile (AShM)||MM38||PR-72P-class|
|MBDA Exocet||France||Anti-ship missile (AShM)||AM39 Block 1||ASH-3D Sea King||Land-based. Currently not embarked in any surface unit of the Peruvian Navy|
|MBDA Aspide||Italy||Surface-to-air missile (SAM)||Aspide 1A||Lupo-class|
|9K38 Igla||Russia||MANPADS||9K310 Igla-1||PR-72P-class
Peruvian Naval Infantry
|used in MGP-86 mount for close air defence|
to be replaced with the FN-6 missile system
|FN-6||China||MANPADS||FN-6||Peruvian Naval Infantry||a small batch acquired in July 2009 for US$1.1 million|
|Atlas Elektronik SUT||Germany||533 mm heavyweight torpedo||SUT 264||Type 209 submarine|
|Atlas Elektronik SST||Germany||533 mm heavyweight torpedo||SST-4 mod 0||Type 209 submarine|
|Mark 44 torpedo||United States||324 mm lightweight torpedo||Mk 44 mod 1||Lupo-class
|Alenia-Whitehead A244/S||Italy||324 mm lightweight torpedo||A244/S||Lupo-class
The Peruvian Navy has been actively involved in several United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. As of June 2006 Naval Infantry and Special Operations troops have been deployed to United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) (embedded in the Argentine forces ) and United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Peruvian naval officers have also been deployed to United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC), United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI), United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) as United Nations Militar Observers (UNMOs). By 2012 the Peruvian Navy sent its first officer to serve in United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei.
BAP Abtao (SS-42) was a Abtao-class submarine of the Peruvian Navy.
The submarine was built by the Electric Boat Company at Groton, Connecticut and delivered on 1 March 1954. She initially served as Tiburón ("Shark"), but was renamed Abtao in April 1957. Originally assigned pennant number 5, in 1959 she was designated SS-2, then renumbered SS-42 in 1960.
The submarine was decommissioned in 1998 and became a museum ship in 2004.BAP Almirante Grau (CLM-81)
BAP Almirante Grau (CLM-81) is a De Zeven Provinciën-class cruiser that served in the Royal Netherlands and Peruvian navies. Completed for the Dutch in 1953 as HNLMS De Ruyter (C801), she was acquired by Peru in 1973 and served as fleet flagship. Almirante Grau underwent a major modernization program between 1985 and 1988 during which she was fitted with new weapons and electronics. She was the last gun cruiser in service in any navy before being decommissioned on 26 September 2017.BAP Ferré (DM-74)
BAP Ferré (DM-74) was a Daring-class destroyer in service with the Peruvian Navy from 1973 to 2007. She was built by Yarrow Shipbuilders and completed for the Royal Navy in 1953 as HMS Decoy (D106).BAP Pacocha (SS-48)
BAP Pacocha (SS-48) was a submarine of the Marina de Guerra del Perú (Peruvian Navy) named for the 1877 Battle of Pacocha, in which the Peruvian ironclad Huascar clashed with the Royal Navy. Formerly USS Atule (SS-403), a Balao-class submarine with a GUPPY IA upgrade, she had been sold to Peru and commissioned on 28 May 1974. She was rammed and sunk by a fishing trawler on 26 August 1988.Chasseur-class destroyer
The Chasseur class was a group of four destroyers of the French Navy built between 1909–1910, used during the First World War. A fifth ship was sold to Peru.Apart from Chasseur, which still used coal, they were the first French Navy ships to be fitted with oil-fired boilers. In trials they exceeded their designed power by a wide margin, achieving speeds of up to 31 knots (57 km/h; 36 mph).Friesland-class destroyer
The Friesland-class destroyers were built for the Royal Netherlands Navy in the 1950s. They were a larger modified version of the Holland class with more powerful machinery. Eight ships were built. They were replaced by the Kortenaer-class frigates in the early 1980s and seven ships were sold to the Peruvian Navy where they served until 1991. The main armament was supplied by Bofors.The machinery was identical to that used in the American Gearing-class destroyers and manufactured under licence by Werkspoor. The radar was manufactured by Hollandse Signaalapparaten.Juan Guillermo More
Juan Guillermo Moore Ruiz, (February 27, 1833 - June 7, 1880), was a British Peruvian navy officer. He was killed during the Battle of Arica.Lizardo Montero Flores
Lizardo Montero Flores (1832 in Piura, Peru – 1905) briefly served as Provisional President of the Republic of Peru on 1881, during the War of the Pacific.
Lizardo Montero joined the Peruvian Navy in the decade of 1850. Seven years later, aboard the frigate Apurímac, he supported Manuel Ignacio de Vivanco's coup. Between 1858 and 1862 he travelled to Spain.
In 1865, he supported General Mariano Ignacio Prado in his coup d'état against General Juan Antonio Pezet. He was then promoted to the rank of corvette captain and was in command of the Peruvian squad during the conflict with Spain in 1866.
In 1871, Montero was among the founders of the Civilista Party. He was chosen senator for his native Piura and, five years later, was promoted to the rank of admiral. After Prado's declaration of war, Montero Flores was named military and political chief of the southern Peruvian provinces.
After a brief defeal in a naval campaign, he left to Lima where he joined Nicolás de Piérola's forces. He fought in the War of the Pacific during battles of San Juan and of Miraflores in January 1881. After the occupation of Lima, he left to Huaraz as military and political chief of the northern provinces. In 1881 he was chosen as Francisco García Calderón first Vice President.
After the deportation of García Calderón, Montero was named Interim President and started the peace negotiations with the government of Chile. His refusal to cede any territory to Chile forced him to briefly move the Peruvian congress to Arequipa. Montero left the country after the Treaty of Ancón in 1883. In 1890, on his return to Peru, he was once again named senator for his native Piura.Luis Giampietri
Luis Giampietri Rojas (born 31 December 1940) is a retired admiral of the Peruvian Navy and a politician with the American Popular Revolutionary Alliance party. Giampietri ran successfully as Alan García's vice-presidential candidate in the 2006 Peruvian election, and was sworn in on 28 July 2006 and served until 28 July 2011.Giampietri was one of the naval officers implicated in the massacre on El Frontón, a prison island off the coast of Callao. The massacre took place during Alan García's administration, on June 18, 1986, after Shining Path prisoners staged an uprising at El Frontón and two other prisons. All the prisoners involved in the rebellion were killed, and Human Rights Watch claimed that evidence suggested that "no fewer than ninety" of the prisoners killed were victims of extrajudicial executions.On December 17, 1996, Giampietri was taken hostage by the Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) during the Japanese embassy hostage crisis. Key to the success of the rescue operation was the intelligence provided by Giampietri, admiral of the Peruvian Navy at the time and former commander of a special operations group. He received and distributed hundreds of bugged items in the building and himself communicated by radio with the Peruvian military.
As of February 2007 Giampietri is working ahead of the CEAN or Extraordinary Commission for APEC, in Spanish initials. He has successfully arranged 127 international meetings so far. These meetings will be held in nine different major cities such as Lima (Peru's capital), Arequipa, Trujillo, Chiclayo, Iquitos, Piura, and Tumbes; and possibly Cusco.Melitón Carvajal
Manuel Melitón Carvajal Ambulodegui (March 10, 1847 in Lima – September 19, 1935 in Lima), was a Peruvian naval commander and government official who was part of the crew of the ironclad Huáscar during the War of the Pacific. He was wounded and taken prisoner at the Battle of Angamos and became a national hero. He later held numerous government posts and supervised the buildup of the Peruvian Navy. Melitón Carvajal National College, located in Lince District, was named in his honor.Miguel Grau Seminario
Miguel María Grau Seminario (Paita, Peru, 27 July 1834 – Punta Angamos, Bolivia, 8 October 1879) is the most renowned Peruvian naval officer and hero of the Naval Battle of Angamos during the War of the Pacific (1879–1884). He was known as el Caballero de los Mares (Spanish for "Gentleman of the Seas") for his kind and chivalrous treatment of defeated enemies and is esteemed by both Peruvians and Chileans. He is an iconic figure for the Peruvian Navy, and one of the most famous merchant marine and naval military leaders of the Americas.Peruvian Naval School
The Naval Academy of Peru (Spanish: Escuela Naval del Perú) is the institution in charge of the undergraduate education of officers of the Peruvian Navy. It is located at La Punta, Callao, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Its current director is Rear Admiral Luis José Polar Figari.USS Benham (DD-796)
USS Benham (DD-796), a Fletcher-class destroyer, was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for Rear Admiral Andrew E. K. Benham (1832–1905).
Benham was launched on 30 August 1943 by Bethlehem Steel Company, Staten Island, New York; sponsored by Mrs. Harold Benham, wife of a grandson of Rear Admiral Benham; and commissioned on 20 December 1943, Commander Erle V. Dennet in command.USS Isherwood (DD-520)
USS Isherwood (DD-520), a Fletcher-class destroyer, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for
Rear Admiral Benjamin F. Isherwood (1822–1915).
Isherwood was launched by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Co., Staten Island, N.Y., 24 November 1942, sponsored by Mrs. A. J. Kerwin, granddaughter of Rear Admiral Isherwood; and commissioned 12 April 1943 at New York Navy Yard, Commander R. E. Gadrow in command.
The new destroyer conducted her shakedown training in Casco Bay, Maine, and off Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, through April and May. During the next 2 months she operated with a patrol and escort group out of NS Argentia, Newfoundland, and on 5 August 1943 departed for England with troop ship RMS Queen Mary. Isherwood arrived Scapa Flow 19 August to carry out combined operations with the British Home Fleet, including a search toward Spitzbergen for German battleship Tirpitz. Sailing 14 September, the destroyer returned to Boston with a convoy 29 September 1943.
Isherwood was subsequently reassigned to the Pacific, sailing from Boston 14 November for San Francisco. From there she steamed to Pearl Harbor and sailed 11 December to join Task Force 94 (TF 94) in the Aleutians. For the next eight months, Isherwood carried out antisubmarine sweeps of the cold Alaskan waters. In June she took part in bombardments of the Kurile Islands, finally arriving San Francisco for repairs 15 August 1944.USS La Vallette (DD-448)
USS La Vallette (DD-448) was a World War II-era Fletcher-class destroyer in the service of the United States Navy. She was the second Navy ship named after Rear Admiral Elie A. F. La Vallette.
La Vallette was laid down 27 November 1941 by Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey; launched 21 June 1942; sponsored by Mrs. Lucy La Vallette Littel, great-granddaughter of Rear Admiral LaVallette; and commissioned 12 August 1942, Lieutenant Commander H. H. Henderson in command.USS Sea Poacher
USS Sea Poacher (SS/AGSS-406), a Balao-class submarine, was a vessel of the United States Navy named for the sea poacher, a slender, mailed fish of the North Atlantic.
Sea Poacher (SS-406) was built by the Portsmouth Navy Yard in Kittery, Maine; launched on 20 May 1944; sponsored by Mrs. J. H. Spiller, wife of Commander Spiller, hull superintendent at the Navy Yard; and commissioned on 31 July 1944, Commander Francis M. Gambacorta in command.USS Wateree (ATA-174)
USS Wateree (ATA-174), the third ship named USS Wateree, was a Sotoyomo-class auxiliary fleet tug in the service of the United States Navy during World War II. She later served with the Military Sea Transportation Service and the Peruvian Navy as a diving support ship. In Peruvian naval service she was renamed BAP Unanue (ATA-136).USS Woonsocket (PF-32)
USS Woonsocket (PF-32), a Tacoma-class frigate, was the first ship of the United States Navy to be named for Woonsocket, Rhode Island.
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