Mexican Navy – Still Rock n’ Roll to Me!

Shipsearcher staff have now loaded pages for ships of the Mexican Navy, serving on both Pacific and Gulf Coasts. A fascinating and historic collection of ships have served the Armada de México!

Gearing Class destroyer ARM Netzahualcóyotl, formerly USS Steinaker, Pacific Ocean, 2005. US Navy Official  Photographer’s Mate Christopher D. Blachly, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

If you have fond memories of the mighty US Navy in any period of the Cold War, there’s a lot to like here: Fletcher and Gearing class destroyers, “FRAM cans” serving into the 21st Century; an Edsall class destroyer escort that kept at it; Knox class frigates that still comprise the major surface combatants; Newport class landing ships; a collection of very old patrol boats; Auk Class US minesweepers from World War 2, upgraded with flight decks, which are still gradually being replaced!

ARM Valentin Gomez Farías PO-110, Valle Class Patrol Vessel (former Auk class minesweeper USS Starling AM-64, USN service 1942-1972), ca. 2015. Credit: RigelAriel, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

It isn’t all USN cast-offs though: The ARM Reformador POLA-101, a frigate-sized SIGMA design and some of the new corvette-sized vessels, including the Durango and Sierra class patrol ships or “gun boats” have reduced-radar cross-section design, a flight deck and hangar, and a variety of stern and side hatches that deploy the ship’s interceptor boats.

As always, we round the pages off with some interesting auxiliaries and historic ships, including the lovely sail training vessel ARM Cuauhtémoc, tied up at its usual spot in sunny Acapulco! We hope you enjoy our pages for the Mexican Navy – our 37th navy documented in this project.

ARM Cuauhtémoc at Acapulco with the Sierra Class Patrol Ship ARM Matias Romero P-144. Credit: platibolo from Cholula, México, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons