The Peruvian Navy renamed BAP Montero (FM-53) as BAP Almirante Grau on 26 September, as the platform becomes the fleet’s new flagship. It replaces the previous Grau (CLM-81), a light cruiser that was retired on the same day.
The new flagship is a Carvajal-class frigate constructed by the Peruvian state-run shipyard Servicios Industriales de la Marina (SIMA). It displaces slightly over 2,000 tonnes, measures 112 m in length, and has a maximum speed of 35 kt with turbines, or 22 kt with diesel engines, according to the navy. The vessel was launched in 1982 and commissioned in 1984.
The fleet’s flagship is named in honour of Admiral Miguel Grau, the service’s hero.
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