Punta Mogotes Fast Patrol boats
The 82ft Point Class patrol boats were built in the United States in the 1960s to meet the needs of the United States Coast Guard (USCG). A fast, robust, highly maneuverable and capable of operating in rough seas, to fulfill missions of search and rescue (SAR), maritime law enforcement and interdiction of illegal drugs ship was required.
The hull is steel but its structure is all aluminum, which gives a good power / weight ratio and excellent seaworthiness. Its fixed armament comprises two Browning 12.7 mm machine guns mounted on the bow on both sides of the superstructure.
The last class Point in service, the USCG Point Dora was de-commissioned in March 2001. Most surviving patrol boats were sold to different countries of the Caribbean and Latin America, where they serve in their armed forces or Coast Guard.
The Argentine Navy acquired two units. The first entered service on July 13, 1999 and named it ARA "Punta Mogotes" (P-65), former USCG "Point Hobart" (WPB-82377) who served from 13 July 1970 until July 8, 1999. The second unit entered the service on 22 August 2000 and was named ARA "James River" (P-66), former USCG "Point Carrew" (WPB-82374) who served from May 19, 1970 until August 22, 2000.
They have the classic naval gray paint scheme and its identification in letter and white on both sides of the hull numbers. Also mounts 12.7 mm machine guns were equipped with shields.
|ARA "PUNTA MOGOTES"||P-65||07.13.1999|
|ARA "RIO SANTIAGO"||P-66||22.08.2000|
|Type||Boat coastal patrol (WPB).|
|Shipyards||Curtiss Bay Coast Guard Shipyard, USA|
|Full load displacement||69 tn|
|Power Plant||2 engines 800 HP Caterpillar Diesel D3412 c / u.|
|Maximum Speed||22 knots.|
|Autonomy||1580 miles at 8 knots.|
|Armament||2 M2 Browning machine guns 12.7 mm.|
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