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PG Rio Damuji class 


Rio Damuji class PG

(Cuba)

Name

No.

Launch

Comm.

Decom.

Fate

Rio Damuji

390

1972

2007

-

In Service

Notes: This intriguing ship was originally a deepwater stern-haul fishing trawler built commercially in Spain for the state-owned Cuban fishing enterprise. At some point during the late 1990s/early 2000s it was transferred to the navy, and in 2006 or 2007 it was armed and converted into a makeshift offshore patrol vessel (OPV).

The armament consists of two SS-N-2 “Styx” launchers taken off of a decommissioned “Osa II” class FAC(M), a 2M3 twin 25mm taken from a decommissioned torpedo boat, and what appears to be the turret of a T-54/55 tank. It is unclear how the missiles would be utilized as typically, they need to interface with a “Square Tie” radar for several seconds in directional-lock mode to obtain a firing solution. It’s possible that Rio Damuji may only carry IR-homing variant “Styx” missiles, in which case the ship would just line up and fire down the bearing of a target, hoping the missile acquires the target on it’s own.

Some sources state that there are two ships of this class now in service, however it may be that Rio Damuji simply changed pennant numbers after receiving the SS-N-2 missiles. Of the 7-trawler original order for the fishing fleet, Rio Damuji’s sister Rio Moa has been sold to a Belize fishing company and is now M/V Goldenfish I, along with Rio Hanabana which is now M/V Skyfish I.

This ship shows that the Cuban navy still has a good deal of ingenuity, however it also illustrates the pathetic nature of a fleet that once boasted ocean-going submarines and modern frigates.

Displacement (est): 3206t full Dimensions: 350’10”x49’2”x9’11” Machinery: Diesel-direct: 1 MWM diesel, 1 shaft w/non-CP 3-bladed prop Max speed: 15kts Range: unknown Complement: unknown

WEAPONS-Missiles

x2 P-15 Termit (SS-N-2 “Styx”) 43NM surface

WEAPONS-Guns

x1 100mm                             Line-of-sight anti-surface only

x1 2M3 25mm twin                1NM AA/surface

x1 DShK 12.7mm                  ½ NM AA/surface

SENSORS-Radar

Unknown I-band navigation radar

(below: the forward area after installation of the “Styx” launchers, the 100mm turret is partially wrapped in tarp)

Entry created by: Jason W. Henson
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