Collection

Peruvian Naval Infantry

Mission

To effect the planning, organization, training, employment and supervision of its subordinate units in order to execute amphibious, ground and riverine operations in time of peace, crisis or war in order to confront external and internal threats as well as to participate in activities oriented toward national development, with the end of the completion of assigned tasks and contributing to the mission of the Navy of the Republic of Peru.

Leadership

The Commandant of the Peruvian Naval Infantry is Jorge DE LA PUENTE Ribeyro since January 2002. Positions held during his career:

  • Platoon, Company and Battalion command
  • Commander, Commando Group
  • Chief of Staff, Naval Infantry
  • Chief, Department of Organization of the Peruvian Navy
  • Has had other typical command and staff assignments

Front Burner Issue

The Marine company will grow to a full battalion. The Salvadoran Marines may ask for Subject Matter Expert Exchanges and other training assistance from the USMC.

Organization and Capabilities

The Marine company has 145 men in a five-man headquarters element, 3 x thirty-one man rifle platoons, and one weapons platoon. The company is light infantry, with no true amphibious, riverine, or special operations capabilities. It lacks modern firepower, mobility, and C3I capabilities.

Issues of Primary Concern

Modernization and reorganization of the Peruvian Naval Infantry to be prepared to face the new faces of internal and external threats.

Organization and Capabilities

The Peruvian Naval Infantry have approximately 3000 personnel built around an amphibious brigade. Naval Infantry organization also includes two battalions and other detachments that are under the operational control of the commanders of the Naval Zones in which they operate. The brigade is comprised of two infantry battalions, a combat support group, tactical vehicle battalion and a commando battalion. Additionally, the infrastructure of the Peruvian Naval Infantry includes a schools command and base operations. Operational employment of the Peruvian Naval Infantry is based on the MAGTF concept, notably without a dedicated air element.

Weapons and Equipment

Organic fire support is provided by 81mm and 120mm mortars, RPG-7s, and 122mm howitzers. The Peruvian Naval Infantry operate Spanish-made 4x4 and 6x6 BMR vehicles. The Peruvian amphibious fleet consists of four Terrebonne Parrish (LST-1156) class vessels. Zodiac boats are the primary means of ship to shore movement.

2002 year