The Peruvian Navy commissioned its first Makassar-class landing platform dock ship BAP Pisco (AMP-156) during a ceremony at the Callao Naval Base on June 6, 2018.
BAP Pisco is the first of two ships in its class built by state-owned shipbuilder SIMA (Servicios Industriales de la Marina S.A.) for the Peruvian Navy, with support from South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME). The ships are based on the Makassar-class LPDs originaly designed for the Indonesian Navy by South Korea’s Daesun Shipbuilding & Engineering Co.
The design of the Pisco was carried out by DSME in collaboration with SIMA. The Peruvian Ministry of Defense signed a memorandum on 10 April 2012 for two Makassar-class LPDs as part of the Buque Multipropósito program and in early-2013, Peru signed a contract worth $60 million to construct the first vessel, BAP Pisco.
Pisco was laid down on 12 July 2013 at the SIMA Callao shipyard, though real progress on construction began in late-2014. The ship was launched on 25 April 2017 and on April 2018, the ship started sea trials. On May 8, the Peruvian Navy announced the ship successfully completed sea trials, a little over five years after starting construction.
The keel-laying ceremony of the second LPD, BAP Paita, was held on December 14, 2017.
The Peruvian Navy (Marina de Guerra del Perú: MGP) LPDs measure 122 meters in length and displace 7,290 tons.
The design includes accommodation of 157 crew members and up to 400 marines. The well deck can handle two 23-meter Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel while an additional cargo deck in the ship can hold up to 14 LAV II vehicles, which Peru had recently acquired from Canada in mid-2016. The ship uses a roll-on/roll-off system, and can reportedly transport 450 troops for up to 30 days.
The flight deck of the LPD has the capability to hold two Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King helicopters of the Peruvian Naval Aviation while an incorporated hanger can store an additional helicopter.