US Delivers New OPV to El Salvador

July 22, 2021 – Today, the United States delivered a coastal patrol vessel to El Salvador, another example of bilateral cooperation between the two countries. The ceremony was attended by the Commander of the United States Southern Command Admiral Craig S. Faller; the Chargé d’Affaires Jean Manes; and the Minister of Defense, Vice Admiral René Francis Merino Monroy.

The vessel PM-15, named “Patrullero 15,” is valued at $6 million. The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Embassy, supported El Salvador’s efforts for the purchase by donating $4.2 million. The Government of El Salvador provided a $1.8 million counterpart.

Prior to the donation, the United States trained the future crew of the vessel in various exercises. This is first newly built ship in the Salvadoran Navy’s fleet. The new PM-15 vessel will complement two similar vessels, the PM-13 and PM-14, which support counter-narcotics operations, transnational organized crime, and maritime interdiction operations. These vessels will also participate in joint regional exercises with U.S. Navy and Coast Guard.

The ship can carry a crew of ten on board, with adaptations that allow it to remain at the station in support of missions at sea for extended periods of time. She also comes with a 10-person 5.7-meter rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB), which unfolds and retrieves via an integrated aft slipway.


Length Overall
87 ft / 26.59 m
Beam, Maximum
19.8 ft / 6.05 m
Operational Draft**
4.75 ft / 1.45 m
Height, Keel to Highest Fixed Point on Mast
35.17 ft/ 10.72 m
Maximum Speed**
25 knots
Cruise Speed**
12 knots
6 days
Maximum Range at Cruising Speed
706 nm
Electrical System
24 VDC & 220-volt AC 3-phase, delta, 60 Hz
Main Engines
Two (2) Caterpillar C-32 Marine Acert IMO  II engines, 1600 BHP
Ships Service Generators
Two (2) Caterpillar C-4.4 58.5kW
NCPV Fuel Type
NCPV Fuel Capacity (100%)
15,395 liters (4,067 gallons)
Potable Water Capacity
1934 liters (511 gallons)

*Measured at cruise speed with 10% fuel reserve.

** In full-load condition, on calm water.

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