Class: Lobo Submarine

Commissioned: 1 Feb 1954

At: Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, Connecticut

Length: 243 feet

Beam: 22 feet

Draft: 14 feet

Displacement: 825 tons surface, 1,400 tons submerged

Armament: Four 21 inch tubes forward, two aft. One 5″ 25 cal gun.


Peruvian Naval Museum

Estacion Naval de Submarinos

Base Naval Del Callao



(51-14) 42-8707

Fax: (51-14) 42-8710

Vice Admiral José Garcia-Castaños

Presidente de la Asociación de Oficiales Submarinistas del Perú



Latitude: -12.0595314889, Longitude: -77.1506072449

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BAP Abtao is a Sierra-type submarine which was launched as Tiburon (Shark). In 1957 her name was changed to Abtao in memory of the naval battle of 7 February 1866 fought between the Spanish and Purvian/Chilean naval squadrons. The Peruvians, under Captain Manuel Villar were victorious.

BAP Abtao served 48 years in Peruvian navy. During which she completed 5,003 dives. Her motto was “Silence and assistance” in both times of peace and war. During 1988 she assisted in the rescue of the crew of BAP Pacocha after her collision with a fishing vessel and sinking. Abtao was decommissioned in 1998 and became a museum in 2004.

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