The Peruvian Navy commissioned its first landing platform dock ship B.A.P. Pisco in a ceremony Callao on June 6.
Pisco is the first of two ships in its class built by state-owned shipbuilder SIMA (Servicios Industriales de la Marina S.A.) for the Peruvian Navy.
The LPD started trials shortly after its launch in April 2017. On May 8, the Peruvian Navy announced the ship successfully completed sea trials, a little over five years after starting construction in July 2013.
Pisco and Paita, the second ship in the class which started construction in 2017, are based on the design of Makassar-class LPDs South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) initially provided for the Indonesian Navy. Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL built the vessels under a transfer of technology agreement and subsequently built two vessels for the Philippine Navy which refers to them as Tarlac-class.
The Peruvian Navy LPDs measure 122 meters in length and displace 7,290 tons. They feature a well deck for deployment of amphibious vehicles and can perform roll-on/roll-off operations. They are operated by a crew of 107 and have an autonomy of 30 days or 14,000 nautical miles.
The ships’ flight deck is capable of accommodating two Sikorsky Sea King helicopters in service with Peruvian naval forces.