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PR-72P-class corvette
BAP Sanchez Carrion Unitas 45-04.jpg
BAP Sánchez Carrión (CM-26)
Class overview
Builders: Villeneuve-la-Garenne (SFCN)
Lorient Naval Dockyard
Operators:  Peruvian Navy
In commission: July 25, 1980
Planned: 6
Completed: 6
Active: 6
General characteristics
Type: fast attack craft
Displacement: 560 tons standard (610 tons full load)
Length: 64 m (210 ft)
Beam: 8.35 m (27.4 ft)
Draft: 2.6 m (8.5 ft)
  • 4 SACM AGO 240V16 M7 diesel engines
    4 shafts, 17,424 shp (12.993 MW) (CM-21,CM-23,CM-25)
  • 4 MTU 12V595 diesel engines
    4 shafts, 22,000 shp (16 MW)
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h)
32 knots (59 km/h)
Range: 2,500 nmi (4,600 km) at 16 kn (30 km/h)
Complement: 36 (accommodation for 46)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • Thomson-CSF DR-2000 ESM system
  • Armament:
  • 4 Exocet MM-38 SSMs
  • 1 OTO Melara 76/62mm Compact gun
  • 1 OTO Melara Twin 40L70 DARDO compact gun
  • 1 MGP-86 mount for Igla SAM
  • Notes: classified as guided missile corvette

    PR-72P class corvettes are French-designed warships in service with the Peruvian Navy. Six units were ordered in 1976 by the Peruvian Navy from the Société Française de Construction Navale (SFCN). Subsequently, three of them were built by the company's own Villeneuve-la-Garenne shipyard, and the rest subcontracted to Lorient Naval Dockyard. Pennant numbers were originally P-101 to P-106, but were later modified to CM-21 to CM-26, where CM stands for corbeta misilera, Spanish for guided missile corvette.


    Pennant number Name Builder Launched Commissioned
    CM-21 Velarde Villeneuve-la-Garenne (SFCN) 16 September 1978 25 July 1980
    CM-22 Santillana Villeneuve-la-Garenne (SFCN) 11 September 1978 25 July 1980
    CM-23 De los Heros Villeneuve-la-Garenne (SFCN) 20 May 1979 17 November 1980
    CM-24 Herrera Lorient Naval Dockyard 16 February 1979 10 February 1981
    CM-25 Larrea Lorient Naval Dockyard 12 May 1979 16 June 1981
    CM-26 Sánchez Carrión Lorient Naval Dockyard 28 June 1979 14 September 1981

    In 1998 the Peruvian Navy signed a contract with MTU to re-engine three PR-72P class corvettes. The other units are expected to be similarly modified in the near future.

    BAP Herrera (CM-24) during PANAMAX 2006


    • Baker III, Arthur D., The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World 2002-2003. Naval Institute Press, 2002.
    • Sharpe, Richard (ed.), Jane's Fighting Ships 1990 - 91. Jane's Information Group, 1990.

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