Brazilian Navy Places New Ship at the Forefront of Peace Mission in Lebanon

Brazilian Navy Places New Ship at the Forefront of Peace Mission in Lebanon

By Dialogo
December 02, 2015

I am a former Army soldier, former Civil Police officer in Mato Grosso, currently, I am retired after my time spent serving. I would really like to be a volunteer for this peace mission. It's my dream, please make it come true. Let peace be restored ... Congratulations ... I appreciate this opportunity to participate. Although the important service carried out by the Armed Forces of Brazil may seem a bit anonymous, it is in these moments that they show their real contribution. Congratulations. To wars they're calling us, We Fight … already being reservists, we become the most highly respected, qualified, premier opinion formers during peacetime; nevertheless, in this ethical-moral Harbor, they surprise us with this altruistic anthropological culture the contextual detriment of botched advances left-wing newspapers with their obstinate defamation of this maleficent litigation where inverted diagramming of paradigms of this decadent conceit, aimed against the armed forces, making of this work a sumptuous, degenerate form of the disgraceful boldness which always tries to point out that the pipelines' detours are not medial practices but indeed caused by sporadic misshapen anomalies in the middle of historical time. also, these are already foreseen in the ostensible, forsaken, daily norm of this LABOR in the barracks;! There will always be much to do given life's high praises and the conscience's applause … "NAVY OF BRAZIL, PRESENT" … CONGRATULATION TO THE NAVY OF BRAZIL! EXCITING WORK Very good Long live the Navy of Brazil! Congratulations, you are an example of pride and safety. Congratulations to Brazilian foreign policy. The Brazilian Navy has been recognised over the years for its international humanitarian and global security efforts...I applaud the charismatic and altruistic Navy of Brazil. May God always bless your work. Very good. It'd be better if all sectors were like that Only those who have served or currently serve in the ranks of the Brazilian Navy know its importance. It's a shame that only a part of what this organisation does is made public. May God protect every Brazilian service member on this peace mission. May God protect the Cv Barroso of the glorious Navy of Brazil! What would the FAS be if there weren't unity among the good fighters? May God bless them more and more each day. The Brazilian Navy should be congratulated for their marvelous work.
May God bless and protect all those who were summoned for this sublime mission. Brazil has so many ships on peace missions. Congratulations, Navy of Brazil!
As someone who belongs to the Brazilian Army's reserve, I can't stop praising the brilliant work of our brothers in the Brazilian Navy. Hello, I am trying to find someone I met in Paraty in Feb 2011 who was on a navy ship there. Is there a contact for the navy so I can try to locate him please? Thank you

The corvette class Barroso is continuing the Brazilian Navy’s participation in the Maritime Task Force (MTF) in the United Nations Interim Mission in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

The vessel assumed its role as the flagship for the peace mission on September 14, replacing the Brazilian frigate União, which had spent six months in Lebanon. But before arriving at its destination, the ship and its crew faced an unexpected and dramatic challenge on September 4: rescuing 220 refugees of different nationalities whose boat was in danger of sinking in the Mediterranean Sea near the coast of Sicily, Italy.

“Approximately 30 minutes passed between the time we received the order to change course and the time we actually found the boat,” said Commander Alexandre Amendoeira Nunes, the Barroso’s commanding officer. “At that point, we focused on the mission of rescuing the children, women, and men.”

The crew provided medical attention and food to the refugees on the Barroso’s flight deck before delivering them to the Italian port of Catania the next day.

“[However], the decisive factor [for the rescue’s success] was the enormous will to live of all 220 persons, who decided to risk death at sea rather than remain in their land, where their opportunities are continually decreasing due to the adversities of war,” Cmdr. Amendoeira added. “A ship, upon being chosen for a mission like UNIFIL, goes through a process of selecting and training the crew. This leads to training for the ship in relevant topics and, primarily, the crew receives training in many skills, which ensures that we can perform different maneuvers during operations at sea. This worked very well.”

Patrolling the coast of Lebanon

After rescuing the refugees, the Barroso turned to its next mission with UNIFIL, which was established in 1978 by the United Nations (UN) Security Council to assist in the withdrawal of Israeli forces from southern Lebanon, return peace and international security to the region, and help the Lebanese government re-establish its authority. In 2006, after the Second Lebanon War, the UN expanded the mission’s mandate and reinforced it with the creation of the MTF.

Brazil began participating in the MTF in 2011, when it also assumed command of the task force. The Barroso is among seven ships that currently make up the UNIFIL MTF, and it’s the fourth Brazilian ship to participate in the mission, following the frigates Constituição, Liberal, and União.

In addition to the Barroso, the MTF consists of two Bengali vessels, one from Germany, one from Indonesia, one from Turkey, and one from Greece, as the vessels collectively house 858 service members. They’re under the leadership of Brazilian Rear Admiral Flávio Macedo Brasil, who has headed maritime interdiction tasks along the coast of Lebanon and training for the Lebanese Navy, thus fulfilling the two objectives of UNIFIL MTF.

Three of the fleet’s ships continuously patrol Lebanon’s entire coast – nearly 13,000 square kilometers – at a distance of 83 kilometers from land, Rear Adm. Brasil said.

Training the Lebanese Navy

MTF vessels and their crews train the Lebanese Navy by conducting theory classes, which take place on land, and through practical activities on MTF or Lebanese Navy ships.

“We conduct joint trainings where the ships of the Lebanese Navy fire their weapons and we fire ours,” Rear Adm. Brasil said. “Also, due to the technological complexity of our weapons and systems, which demand extensive qualifications to operate, Lebanese Navy service members participate in our firing exercises aboard the Barroso simply as observers.”

The Barroso is outfitted with a missile, a cannon with a range of 22 kilometers, an anti-aircraft cannon, and MK-46 torpedo launchers. In addition to carrying an aircraft to transport weapons and act as an extension of the ship’s sensors, the Barroso features small-caliber weapons.

“They are .50 machine guns, suitable for reacting proportionately to threats presented by small ships that penetrate the ship’s security perimeter,” Rear Adm. Brasil added.