Chilean Fast Attack Craft
USS Klakring (FFG 42) was south of the border recently, a part of Southern Seas 2010. Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Darryl Wood took a series of excellent shots concerning fast attack craft of the Chilean Navy. Enjoy!
All appear to be German Tiger class fast attack craft, built for the Bundesmarine and transfered to Chile in 1997, 1998. Here are the specs for the Tiger class:
- Displacement-265 tons
- Length-47 m
- Beam-7 m
- Draft-2.7 m
- Speed-36 knots
- Range-1600 nm @ 15 knots
- Armament-• 1 × OTO Melara 76mm gun
• 1 × Bofors 40mm gun
• 4 × MM38 Exocet launchers
• 8 × naval mines
The Bofors gun can be replaced with mine laying rails
Though a 1970s design, the Tigers seem more relevant for most types of naval problems faced by modern fleets than building giant carriers, destroyers, and nuclear subs for very little cause other than to compete with ourselves or shore up fading defense industries.