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ARM Baja California
Name: ARM Baja California
Namesake: Baja California
Builder: Tampico Naval Shipyard and Salina Cruz Naval Ship Yard
Commissioned: 1 April 2003
Status: in active service, as of 2022
General characteristics
Class & type: Oaxaca-class patrol vessel
Displacement: 1,850 short tons (1,678 t)
Length: 282 ft 2 in (86.00 m)
Beam: 34 ft 4 in (10.46 m)
Draft: 11 ft 8 in (3.56 m)
Propulsion: 2 × Caterpillar 3916 V16 Diesels, 2 props
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Troops: 39 Marines or Special Forces
Complement: 77 Sailors
Sensors and
processing systems:
2 × Terma Scanter 2001 Navigation/surface search radars
Selex NA-25 radar and optronic fire control system
Armament: 1 × Otobreda 76 mm gun
2 × OTO Melara 12.7 mm remote-controlled naval turret Mod. 517 with M2 12.7mm machine guns
1 × OTO Melara single 30/SAFS 30 mm cannon
Aircraft carried: 1 × Panther or Fennec helicopter
Aviation facilities: 1 helicopter hangar and helipad

ARM Baja California (PO-162) is a Oaxaca-class patrol vessel, constructed by and for the Mexican Navy.

It has a length of 282.2 feet (86.0 m), a draft of 11.8 feet (3.6 m), a beam of 34.4 feet (10.5 m), and displaces 1,850 short tons (1,678.3 t).[1]

Primary armament is a single OTO Melara 76 mm naval gun, with a pair of OTO Melara 12.7 mm remote controlled naval turret Mod. 517 with M2 12.7mm machine guns on each side, and an Oto Melara single 30/SAFS 30 mm cannon aft.

A helipad on the afterdeck has handling capabilities for a variety of helicopters, such as the Panther, Fennec, or the Bolkow Bo 105 Super-5.

The ship has a cruising speed of 20 knots (37 km/h), carries a complement of 77, and has provisions to carry a group of 39 special forces and/or marines for a variety of missions.


  1. "Botadura de un nuevo buque para la armada de México" (in Spanish). Boletines. Secretaria de Marina, Armada de México. April 11, 2003. Archived from the original on 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2007-11-17. 

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