Peru has acquired the Dutch replenishment ship Amsterdam. (AFP)
BUENOS AIRES — The Peruvian government has acquired the Netherlands’ fleet replenishment ship HNLMS “Amsterdam,” which will be delivered to the South American country in December, a move signaling an effort to boost naval capabilities.
The acquisition of the 17,000-ton logistics vessel, at a cost that has not been revealed, was formalized in a ceremony last week at Peru’s Naval Academy in El Callao.
Completed in 1995, the Amsterdam can carry 8,475 tons of fuel and 290 tons from stores.
The 166-meter-long ship has four abeam stations for the transfer of fuel underway, as well as a hangar and flight deck able to accommodate four light liaison helicopters or three medium transport helicopters, which allows for vertical replenishment of stores.
The procurement is part of a program to modernize and increase Peru’s maritime capabilities, and is made possible by the country’s burgeoning economy.
According to a recent statement by Adm. Carlos Tejada, general commander of the Peruvian Navy, the service is set to acquire two amphibious transport ships of LPD type, five offshore patrol vessels, a polar survey ship, a sail training ship, 10 fast patrol boats for maritime interdiction and two armored river patrol boats with flight deck.
Most of the vessels will be build locally by the SIMA naval shipyard.
SIMA is currently refitting and upgrading the Peruvian Navy’s Lupo-type frigates and PR-72P fast missile boats, and is expected to start a program to modernize and extend the life of four German-built Type U209-1200 submarines.
Tejada also pointed out that the Navy is set to procure 10 new helicopters in the short term, “to cover needs of ship-borne [anti-submarine warfare/anti-surface vessel, search and rescue] and transport/liaison rotating wing aircraft.”
The plans also include acquisition of two maritime patrol aircraft and of 32 armored amphibious vehicles for the marines. ■