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Mexican Navy commissions latest coastal patrol vessel

09 November 2017

The Mexican Navy commissioned its 10th Tenochtitlan-class coastal patrol vessel (CPV) at the Heroic Naval Military School in Antón Lizardo, Veracruz, on 6 November.

ARM Chichén Itza will join the Mexican Navy's coastguard fleet. (SEMAR) ARM Chichén Itza will join the Mexican Navy's coastguard fleet. (SEMAR)

The vessel, named ARM Chichén Itza (PC-340), is the last unit of the class slated to be built under the current administration, and the eighth to be produced under the 2013–18 Navy Sectorial Plan. All vessels in the class have been built at Navy Shipyard 1 (ASTIMAR 1) in Tampico, Tamaulipas, with a design based on the Damen Stan Patrol 4207.

Chichén Itza has a length of 42.80 m, a beam of 7.11 m, a maximum speed of 25 kt, and a crew complement of 18. It is armed with two FN Herstal M2 .50 calibre heavy machine guns and carries a single rigid-hull inflatable boat aboard.

The Tenochtitlan-class CPVs built since 2013 feature several improvements over the original Stan Patrol 4207 design, Admiral José Antonio Sierra Rodríguez, director general for shipbuilding at the Mexican Secretariat of the Navy (SEMAR), told Jane’s .

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