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Peru to Receive Two Refurbished Tank Landing Ships

27 November 2009

The Peruvian Navy will receive two refurbished Newport class tank landing ships from the US under a possible foreign military sale.

In addition to the refurbishment of the two Newport class tank landing ships, the $82m contract also includes support and training equipment, publications and technical data, as well as logistical support.

The ships acquisition will allow the Peruvian Navy to be interoperable with US forces to conduct maritime interdiction operations, and will also enhance their counter narcotics and counter-terrorism capabilities.

The prime contractors for the ships refurbishment will be VSE Corporation in Virginia and Fairbanks Morse in California.

The Newport class tank landing ships are used to transport and land tanks, amphibious vehicles and other rolling stock to the combat area. The ship can accommodate around 400 troops and is able to cruise at a maximum speed of 20 knots.