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LM-30 Casma - SAAR 4 class missile boats

Israel sold a total of four SAAR-class patrol boats to Chile in the early 1980s. Two of the units were SAAR 4 missile attack craft [a third was sold in the 1990s], which are diesel-propelled and armed with Gabriel SSM and two three-inch Italian-made OTO Melaraguns. These craft were deployed in the Beagle channel. The other two were SAAR 3 missile attack craft which are smaller than the SAAR 4-class and carried only one three-inch gun. While a part of the Israeli Navy, these units deployed US-made HARPOON missiles. The missiles were removed prior to delivery to Chile because of the 1976 US arms embargo against the government of General Pinoche.

The LM-30 Casma is named after the combat occurred during the war against the Peru Bolivian Confederacy at Casma port and a division of the Chilean squadron under the command of Robert Winthrop Simpson, against a flotilla of units which fought enemy, on January 12, 1839. It is the third unit to bear the name, and was built and commissioned in Israel, entered service in 1974, as the third of the Saar IV class "Reshef" units. The LM "Casma" hoisted the flag in Israel on November 8, 1979, as the first missile boat of the Navy of Chile, arriving in the country on December 13 of the same year. The ship immediately began operations as a unit of combat of the Navy of Chile leaving room in the Naval area III. Count of 1990 and until 1999 it belonged to the Misileras command with seat in the city of Iquique. Since the year 2000 to date it integrates the command of South Misileras (COMISUR) with seat in Punta Arenas.

The boat "Chipana" of SAAR IV class "Reshef", was built in shipyards in the port of Haifa for the Israel Navy in 1973, with the name of INS "Keshet" (ARC). On December 30, 1980, at the base of Sharem el Sheikh, Eilat, the former INS "Keshet" iza national flag of Chile, being renamed as LM 31 "Chipana". In January 1981, the LM "Chipana" was bound for Chile, where it arrived in the first days of the month of February. "Chipana" LM.31 became part of Misileras southern command, based in Punta Arenas, ensuring national sovereignty in these southern seas. Released to water in 1973, the INS "Reshef" was prototype of a new class of missile boats for the israeli Navy. Its design is based on the German boats Lürssen S-143. He participated in the battles of Baltim and Latakia during Yom Kippur de Guerra Naval actions that missiles were used for the first time in the world. Acquired by Chile, its flag was hoisted on June 01, 1997, in Haifa, Israel. Sailed the Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, crossed the Panama canal for arriving to Iquique on July 29, 1997.

BACH Casma BACH Chipana BACH Angamos

BACH Casma

BACH Casma

BACH Casma

Ship List
Name # Port Laid
Launch Comm Decomm Notes
LM-30 Casma 1974 1979 ex-INS "Romach"
LM-31 Chipana 1973 1980 INS "Keshet"
LM-34 Angamos 1973 1997 INS "Reshef"

Displacement, full 450 tons
Displacement, light tons
GT (Gross Tonnage) tons
NT (Net Tonnage) tons
DWT (Deadweight) tons
Length, O/A58.1 meters / 189 feet
Length, W/L meters / feet
Length, B/P meters / feet
Max Beam7.62 meters / feet
Draft2.69 meters / feet
Height meters / feet
Propulsion Type
Number of Main Engine(s)
Main Engine builder
Main Model
Main RPM
Main power 12,800 HP
Speed, maximum32 knots
Speed, Cruise Knots
Range nautical miles at knots
Stores endurance days
Weapons Systems
  • 8 Gabriel missiles.
  • 2 76/62 mm guns.
  • 2 20 mm guns
  • 2 machine guns in.50
  • Aviation none

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