Mexican Navy – Corvettes and Patrol Ships

Corvettes and Patrol Ships

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Offshore Patrol Vessels

Oaxaca class LOA 282′ / 86 m TDISP 1,700 tons (8 active, 2 building, service since 2003)

ARM Oaxaca PO-161, 2015 Credit: mexican goverment, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Oaxaca class OPV Veracruz 2018Oaxaca and Durango PVs Guaymas 2020

Durango Class LOA 268′ / 81.7 m TDISP 1,400 tons (4 active, service since 2000)

ARM Guanajuanto_hangar_view
ARM Guanajuanto PO-153, ca. 2019 showing rear hangar and boat dock. Cwm1150, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Durango class PV Coatzacoalas 2009

Sierra Class LOA 246′ / 75 m TDISP 1,350 tons (3, 2 active, service since 1998) multiple overall length measurements suggest this class longer than the 231′ in Jane’s Fighting Ships editions from the early 2000s. The Sierra class seems to have been designed with more radar signature-minimizing elements than earlier and later classes, though, like other Patrol Boats, a major role is drug interdiction patrols.

Sierra class PV Marina_Michoacán
Sierra Class patrol ships ca. 2007 (first two units in line-ahead) Credit: Diego Fernández (autor original) / vendida con “copyright compartido” a la Agencia de Fotografía AP México (autor secundario)., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Sierra Class PV Acapulco 2009Sierra Class PV Acapulco 2017

Holzinger Class LOA 244′ / 74.4 m TDISP  1,300 tons (4 active, service since 1991)

ARM Holzinger PO-131 June 2013 Tapachula, Chiapas [Detail of] Credit: PresidenciaMX 2012-2018, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Holzinger class Lazaro Cardenas 2019

Uribe Class LOA 221′ / 67.4 m TDISP 1,000 tons (6 active, service since 1982)Uribe class Ensanada 2016

Valle class coastal patrol (former US Auk Class minesweepers) LOA 221′ / 67.4 m TDISP 1,250 tons. All built during World War Two. 19 units transferred from the US 1973, most now retired. Some units were fitted with flight decks aft.

ARM Farías PO-110 ca. 2015 Credit: RigelAriel, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Valle (Auk) class Ensanada 2016Valle (Auk) class Tampico 2009

Centenario Class (also Demócrata Class) Patrol Boat LOA 172′ / 52.4 m TDISP 450 tons (2 active, service since 1998)Centenario class pv yucatan 2017

ARM Durango B-01 (1936-2001) LOA 309′ / 94.2 m TDISP 1,600 tons. Museum ship at Mazatlan port area ca. 2003-2009, when it was scrapped.

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ARM Durango during the 1940s. Credit: U.S. Navy, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons (US Navy All Hands Magazine, Oct.1948 edition)

ARM Durango B-01 museum ship Mazatlan 2004

Missile Boats

Huracán Class missile boat (Isreali Sa’ar 4.5 class) LOA 202′ / 61.6 m TDISP 500 tons (2 active with Mexico, service since 2004, Isreali Navy service 1981-2003) note distinctive Phalanx close-in-weapons system in bows and twin angled launchers for the Gabriel SSM system sometimes fitted before the bridge.

INS Aliya 301, ca 1986, long before transfer to Mexico as ARM Huracán in 2004. Credit: תא”ל ניר מאור מוזיאון ההעפלה וחיל הים חיפה, [Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum, Haifa] CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Huracan missile boats veracruz 2013Huracan missile boat veracruz 2010Huracan missile boats veracruz 2016

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