W. Alejandro Sanchez
IHS Jane's Defense Weekly - Sea Platforms
January 24, 2016
Originally published: http://www.janes.com/article/57444/peruvian-navy-set-to-receive-bap-union
The Peruvian Navy is to commission its newest ship, the sail training vessel BAP Unión, on 27 January. Unión was built by state-run shipyard Servicios Industriales de la Marina (SIMA) with co-operation from Spain's CYPSA Ingenieros Navales.
The ship was constructed relatively quickly; its keel-laying ceremony was in December 2012 and in December 2014 it was launched in a ceremony attended by Peruvian president Ollanta Humala.
The ship is the largest masted training vessel among Latin American navies; it has four masts, displaces 3,500 tonnes, and is 115.7 m long. The vessel's commander is Captain Gianfranco Polar and it will have a crew of 100.
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