Brazil's ‘Amazonas’ to dock on Namibian coast
The ship is under the command of Commander Leonardo Gomes Barros.
This was announced by the Brazilian Navy Defence, Naval, Army and Air Attaché in Namibia in a statement issued on Tuesday afternoon.
This maritime security exercise aims to bolster maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea in collaboration with African nations and to enable participating countries to enhance maritime security by conducting exercises related to combatting illegal fishing, sea pollution, piracy, maritime terrorism and assisting distressed vessels.
The vessel departed from Rio de Janeiro's Naval Base on 13 September.
It will visit various ports, including Walvis Bay, Luanda in Angola, Lomé in Togo, Abidjan on the Ivory Coast, before returning to Rio de Janeiro on 10 November.
The offshore patrol vessel is the first vessel in the Amazonas Class and was commissioned by the Brazilian Navy in June 2012 at Portsmouth's Naval Base in the United Kingdom.
"The OPV built by BAE Systems Maritime – Naval Ships, received the name Amazonas, the same name of an important Brazilian river considered the second longest in the world and the largest by water flow," the statement read.
Measuring 90.5 metres in length, the ship boasts an endurance of 35 days, can accommodate 50 marines, and has a crew comprising 13 officers and 68 enlisted personnel.
The vessel is designed for surveillance of extensive maritime areas and is equipped to operate with helicopters and fast boats, enhancing its capabilities for safeguarding Brazilian jurisdictional waters.
The mission of OPV Amazonas includes naval patrols, search and rescue operations, logistical support for ocean islands, and hostage recovery and rescue operations, all aimed at contributing to the protection of Brazil's interests at sea and supporting Brazilian foreign policy.
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