Araguari, 3rd OPV of Brazil­ian Navy on sea tri­als

SP's MAI - - MILITARY UPDATES -

The Brazil­ian Navy’s lat­est BAE Sys­tems built warship has set sail for the first time to be put through her paces on an ex­ten­sive pro­gramme of sea tri­als off the UK coast.

Araguari, the third Ocean Patrol Ves­sel (OPV) in the Ama­zonas class, sailed out of Portsmouth re­cently with her BAE Sys­tems crew and Brazil­ian Navy ob­servers. They will spend two weeks test­ing all ele­ments of the ship’s func­tion­al­ity, in­clud­ing her propul­sion and com­bat sys­tems.

Mem­bers of Araguari’s 81-strong crew have now moved into their new res­i­dence on HM Naval Base Portsmouth and have be­gun train­ing to han­dle the OPV. The naval base is al­ready home to the Brazil­ian Navy sup­port team, which is over­see­ing the de­liv­ery of the en­tire class of ships.

Nigel Ste­wart, Com­mer­cial Di­rec­tor of BAE Sys­tems Mar­itime, said: “To­day is the start of an ex­cit­ing new stage in the de­liv­ery of this highly ca­pa­ble warship, as well as an­other mile­stone in our strong part­ner­ship with the Brazil­ian Navy. The BAE Sys­tems team will test Araguari’s per­for­mance and work with her crew to en­sure they are ready for the chal­lenges that the ship will face when de­liv­ered to Brazil to pro­vide mar­itime se­cu­rity, hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief and search and res­cue.”

Over 250 mem­bers of the Brazil­ian Navy have now been sta­tioned in the UK since the con­tract was signed at the end of 2011 for three OPVs and an­cil­lary sup­port ser­vices, which in­cludes a man­u­fac­tur­ing li­cence to en­able fur­ther ves­sels of the same class to be con­structed in Brazil.

Ama­zonas, the first ship in the class, is al­ready in op­er­a­tion af­ter ar­riv­ing in Brazil while APA, the sec­ond ship, is cur­rently on her 16,000-km de­liv­ery voy­age. Araguari is sched­uled to be handed over to the Brazil­ian Navy in June.

The 90-me­tre Ama­zonas class ships are based on the de­sign of the Royal Navy’s River Class OPVs and are ideal for pro­vid­ing mar­itime se­cu­rity in Brazil’s ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters, in­clud­ing the pro­tec­tion of the coun­try’s oil and gas plat­forms.

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