Brazilian Navy’s Newest Patrol Vessel Arrives in Rio de Janeiro
By Dialogo May 22, 2013
The Oceanic Patrol Vessel “APA,” designed and built to fulfill the needs of maritime surveillance of extensive areas, will assist the other ships from the Brazilian Navy by protecting the “Blue Amazon”.
The Oceanic Patrol Vessel “APA” (NPaOc) will arrive at its home port of Rio de Janeiro on May 24, after having docked in the city of Rio Grande, in Rio Grande do Sul state, on May 8, following a two-month (approx.) trip in transit along the African coast.
The NPaOc “APA” is the second of three vessels purchased by the Navy, as part of the Resource Procurement Program, and incorporated to the institution on November 30, 2012, when it received the name of “APA,” in reference to the major river of the Pantanal region, which marks the border between Brazil and Paraguay with a river basin of 4,633 square miles in Brazilian territory. The NPaOc “Amazonas” was the first vessel to be incorporated on June 29, 2012, and the third was the “Araguari,” which will also arrive in the country in the second half of 2013.
The ship departed from Portsmouth Naval Base, United Kingdom, on March 11, stopping in Angola, Spain, Ghana, Mauritania, Namibia, Portugal, and Senegal. While crossing the Atlantic, its crew interacted with the navies of the African countries it visited, and performed in joint exercises and anti-piracy training.
Upon arriving in Brazil, the NPaOc performed an Aviation Security Inspection in Rio Grande to prepare the ship for aerial operations. The “APA” was opened to public visitation at the ports of Rio Grande and Itajaí, in the state of Santa Catarina.
The main highlight of the Oceanic Patrol Vessels is their navigation autonomy, as they may run for up to 35 days without refueling. The “APA” can be used for different tasks, such as patrol and inspection operations, focusing on maritime traffic safety, humanitarian assistance, search and rescue, surveillance, control of illicit activities, water pollution prevention, and especially in patrolling the “Blue Amazon.” The vessel will operate primarily in the oil basin regions of Espirito Santo, Saõ Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro states.
Navy Commander Admiral Julio Soares de Moura Neto and congressmen will attend the event.