Brazilian Navy Ship Leaves for Haiti on February 1st
By Dialogo January 28, 2010Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - The tank landing ship (LST) “Almirante Saboia,” recently commissioned into the Brazilian Navy, will be on its way to Haiti in coming days. The Brazilian Navy has been prepared to deploy the ship since the beginning of the Brazilian aid effort for that country and was waiting for a decision regarding the cargo and the moment to transport it. Now that the phase of priority transport of emergency teams and supplies has come to an end, during which the need for speed and the less bulky and lighter nature of the cargo pointed to air transport as the most appropriate, it is time for the transport of bulkier and heavier supplies. Therefore, the interministerial coordination of aid to Haiti has decided on the utilization of the ship, while naturally maintaining the current necessary air efforts. The loading of the ship is scheduled to continue until January 31st, in Rio de Janeiro, and it will depart next Monday, February 1st, with a cargo of approximately 700 tons of supplies for the Navy troops (Marines), the Brazilian Army troops, and humanitarian aid for the Haitian people. The LST “Almirante Saboia” will arrive in Haiti on February 17th and will remain operational in the region for approximately thirty days, supporting humanitarian actions and the MINUSTAH troops. Another Brazilian Navy ship, the LST “Mattoso Maia,” is available to transport up to 1,500 tons of cargo and is also expected to depart in February, after taking on cargo.