Offshore Patrol Vessel “Amazonas” Transfers to Operative Sector of Brazilian Navy
By Dialogo November 16, 2012
On November 14, at the Southern pier of the Navy Arsenal in Rio de Janeiro, the Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) “Amazonas” was transferred from the Material Sector to the Navy Operative Sector, during a ceremony led by the Commander of Naval Operations, Admiral Gilberto Max Roffé Hirschfeld.
The OPV “Amazonas” completed its route bound for Brazil on October 5; it arrived in Rio de Janeiro after a two-month journey along the coasts of Europe, Africa, and America, after its incorporation to the Navy on June 29, in Portsmouth, United Kingdom.
The ship was built by BAE Systems Maritime – Naval Ships, and named after the class to which it belongs, the “Amazonas.” This class will be acquiring two more ships by 2013: OPV “Apa” and OPV “Araguari,” both are names of important rivers in Brazil. The OPV “Amazonas” started its construction in February 15, 2008, and the keel laying happened on June 15 of that same year. It sailed on February 10, 2009, and was completed in September 2010.
The acquisition of the three Oceanic Patrol Vessels brings important value to the Navy, allowing it to intensify the Naval Patrol and Inspection activities, focus on the waterway traffic security, environmental pollution prevention, and also to increase the Search and Rescue (SAR) capability along the course of an extensive maritime area under the responsibility of Brazil.
During the journey to Rio de Janeiro, the ship docked at ports of Lisbon (Portugal), Las Palmas (Spain), Mindelo (Cape Verde), Cotonou (Benim), Lagos (Negeria), Sao Tome (Sao Tome and Principe), Natal (Rio Grande do Norte – Brazil), Salvador (Bahia – Brazil), and Arraial do Cabo (Rio de Janeiro – Brasil). On the African Continent, it performed demonstrations on antipiracy exercises and maintenance trainings between ships with the Cape Verde Coast Guard, the Naval Force in Benin, the Nigerian Navy, and the Coast Guard in Sao Tome and Principe, as well as protocol and public visitations.