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OPV-81 Piloto Pardo

The Danubio IV project started in 2005, with the aim to equip the Navy of five modern units destined for monitoring and control of the jurisdictional sea area and Antarctic waters, search and rescue, control and combat of aquatic pollution, control of maritime activities, logistical support to isolated communities and maintenance of maritime signalling.

This patrol 1,728 tons of total displacement, which will have as port base of operations Talcahuano, is trained to operate along the coast safeguarding the roughly 27 million square kilometers of the area of responsibility for search and rescue that corresponds to Chile according to international conventions. It shall perform the following roles: surveillance and Control of maritime jurisdictional area, search and rescue in the maritime area of national responsibility, Control and combat of aquatic pollution, support to the maritime signalling maintenance and logistical support to isolated areas.

The patrol of maritime zone (PZM) was designed by FSSMER, according to the requirements of the Navy of Chle, a modern boat built by ASMAR and certified by Lloyd'd Register of Shiping that, in addition to comply with all international regulations as SOLAS and MARPOL, is destined to play a wide range of activities on the high seas, including:

  • Coast Guard missions
  • Protection of fishing activities
  • Search and rescue missions
  • Salvage and pollution control
  • Support and training activities
The construction of OPV-81 Piloto Pardo, framed in the Danubio IV project, started in November 2006 and was baptised on June 14, 2007. The construction of OPV-82 "Comandante Toro", framed in the Danubio IV project, started on 14 December 2006, he was baptized on 14 October 2008, being her godmother Mrs Gloria Macchiavello de Codina, and Commissioner on August 27, 2009.

On 12 July 2012 at the Talcahuano plant of Astilleros y Maestranzas de la Armada (ASMAR), the Minister of national defence, Andrés Allamand, and Commander in Chief of the Navy of Chile, Admiral Edmundo Gonzalez, gave the go to the construction of the third patrol vessel in the high seas of the institution with the cutting of the first plank of the OPV-83 sailor Fuentealba.

OPV-83 sailor Fuentealba it will have a length of 80, 6 meters, a molded 3-meter and strut sleeve to cover of 6.5 meters. Driven by two engines diesel Wärtsilä this ship, which will displace 1.771,6 tons full load, will reach a top speed of 20 knots in sea 2 State to 80% MCR. Its power plant will be comprised of 3 1,314 kVA diesel generators. It will have an autonomy of 30 days and its radius of action at 12 knots will be 8 thousand nautical miles. It will have a helicopter flight deck and hangar type Dauphin. Unlike their twins OPV-81 pilot Pardo, commissioned in 2008, and OPV-82 Comandante Toro, in service since 2009, will have reinforced helmet type "ice class" and systems anti-freeze that will operate in the Antarctic. OPV-83 sailor Fuentealba, whose construction cost will be 45 million dollars, it will be delivered in August 2014.




Ship List
Name # Port Laid
Launch Comm Decomm Notes
OPV-81 Piloto Pardo 2007
OPV-82 Comandante Toro 2009
OPV-83 Fuentealba 2014
OPV-84 2016
OPV-85 2018

Displacement, full 1,728 tons
Displacement, light tons
GT (Gross Tonnage) tons
NT (Net Tonnage) tons
DWT (Deadweight) tons
Length, O/A 80.60 meters / 262 feet
Length, W/L meters / feet
Length, B/P meters / feet
Max Beam13 meters / feet
Draft3.80 meters / feet
Height meters / feet
Propulsion Type marine diesel
Enginesmodel 12V26
Number of Main Engine(s) 2 engines
Main Engine builder Wärtsilä
Main Model
Main RPM
Main power4.080 KW
Speed, maximum 20 knots
Speed, Cruise Knots
Range nautical miles at knots
Stores endurance days
Weapons Systems
  • 1 Mount 40/70 mm
  • 6 .50 Machine guns
  • Aviation

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