Guaicamacuto in 2010
|Builders||Navantia, Cádiz, San Fernando Yard|
|Operators||Bolivarian Navy of Venezuela|
|Displacement||1,453 tons standard displacement, 1,720 tons full load|
|Length||79.9 m (262 ft 2 in)|
|Beam||11.8 m (38 ft 9 in) (max.)|
|Draught||7 m (23 ft 0 in)|
|Speed||22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)|
|Range||4,000 nmi (7,400 km; 4,600 mi) at 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)|
|Complement||34 + 30|
|Sensors and |
|Aircraft carried||AB212, AB412 and AS565|
|Aviation facilities||Landing pad|
The Guaicamacuto-class patrol boats (Avante 1400) is a class of offshore patrol vessels or BVL (Spanish: Buque de Vigilancia de Litoral) in Venezuelan Navy service for patrol duty in economic exclusive zone. A contract for four BVLs and four POVZEE was signed together on 25 November 2005. Since 2014 the Spanish Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office has been investigating the €42m "commission" paid to some of those involved.
The final vessel of the class was to have been named after Tamanaco, a 16th-century tribal leader, but in 2013 GC-24 was renamed Comandante eterno Hugo Chávez after the death of the then president. GC-24 was laid down in 2008 under the supervision of Navantia at the Venezuelan National Dams and Shipyards (DIANCA) in Puerto Cabello, was launched in 2014 and began sea trials in April 2018, but Navantia pulled out of Venezuela in January 2019 before trials were complete.
Ships of class
|Guaicamacuto||GC-21||Navantia, Spain||16 October 2008||2 March 2010|
|Yaviré||GC-22||11 March 2009||29 January 2011|
|Naiguatá||GC-23||24 June 2009||1 March 2011||Sunk|
|Comandante eterno Hugo Chávez||GC-24||DIANCA, Puerto Cabello||2014|
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