The Peruvian Navy has commissioned its new training ship, BAP Unión, which it has procured by collaborating with the Spanish Navy.
The 32,000t and 115.75m-long ship is a four-mast steel hulled ship which according to the shipbuilder is the largest vessel of its kind in Latin America.
Construction on the ship began in 2012, it was built by state-owned shipyard Servicios Industriales de la Marina (SIMA) at its El Callao facilities, with support from Spain’s CYPSA Ingenieros Navales.
Acting in accordance to Specific Agreement reached between the Ministries of Defense of Spain and Peru in July 2014, the Spanish navy had inducted an officer and a navy sergeant to serve as an instructor during the construction of the ship.
The collaboration was conducted in different phases beginning with advise on enlisting the guidelines and drafting of the ship’s instruction manual was offered.
From September 2014 to July 2015, the Spanish personnel imparted teachings on courses of manoeuvring and navigation at the Callao Naval Base to fortify the crew for their future deployment.
The crew had also undergone training to manoeuvre the ship and get familiarised with other features of the vessel.
The Spanish navy’s last phase of collaboration will continue to up to October this year, and will involve joint participation with the crew in the sea trials and provide training to the prospective ship crew.
Image: BAP Unión training vessel. Photo: courtesy of EFE / Ernesto Arias.