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.
Current fleet[edit | edit source]
|Navy of El Salvador|
|Name:||Camcraft-type small patrol boat|
|Preceded by:||N/A (British built patrol boats, retired in 1981)|
|Succeeded by:||New Small Patrol Boat|
|Propulsion:||3 diesel engines, 1,200 bhp|
1 x 81mm mortar|
2 x 12.7mm MG (GC7, GC8)
1 x 20mm gun (GC6)
|Notes:||Oilfield crew boats converted to patrol boats.|
|General Manuel José Arce||Cactus/Balsam class||United States||Support vessel||2002||Ex-USCGC Madrona. Built as a seagoing buoy tender for the US Coast Guard in 1942. Decommissioned and sold to El Salvador in 2002.|
|GC6||Camcraft-type||United States||Patrol boat||1975|
|GC7||Camcraft-type||United States||Patrol boat||1975|
|GC8||Camcraft-type||United States||Patrol boat||1975|
Future fleet[edit | edit source]
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.
References[edit | edit source]
- "El Salvador". Bonn : Wehr & Wissen. 2005. p. 60. ISSN 0722-3226.
- "Country-Data.com". http://www.country-data.com/cgi-bin/query/r-4310.html.
- "Hazegray.org". http://hazegray.org/worldnav/americas/americas.htm#1.
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