BNS Araguari departing Portsmouth for Brazil on 12 July 2013.
|Builders:||BAE Systems Surface Ships|
|Type:||Offshore Patrol Vessel|
|Displacement:||1700 tons full load|
|Propulsion:||2 MAN 16V28/33D Diesels, 2 shafts (25+ knots)|
|Aircraft carried:||None (Landing facilities for one medium helicopter)|
|Aviation facilities:||20 meter flight deck|
Design and build
The vessels are based on the Royal Navy's River-class and are 90m long, have 60 man crews and achieved a top speed of 25 knots on sea trials. They are designed to perform a range of Economic Exclusion Zone (EEZ) management, special operations and maritime law enforcement tasks.
The first vessel was named Port of Spain at her launch, at BAE Systems Surface Ships’ Portsmouth facility, on 18 November 2009.
The third was named San Fernando when launched on 16 July 2010 at Scotstoun on the River Clyde.
The Amazonas class were originally named as the Port of Spain class and built for the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard. Then, despite two of the vessels having been completed at the time and awaiting delivery, and with crew training ongoing in the UK, the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT) cancelled the order in September 2010.
In December 2011 it was reported that the Brazilian Navy were interested in buying the vessels, and possibly up to five additional vessels of the same design. The sale, for £133 million, was then confirmed on 2 January 2012.
The Amazonas was commissioned into the Brazilian Navy on 29 June in Portsmouth. During her one-month voyage to Brazil, she docked in the cities of Natal, Rio Grande do Norte and Salvador, Bahia in September, and was expected to arrive in Rio de Janeiro on 5 October.
Ships of Class
|P120||Amazonas||BAE Systems Portsmouth||18 November 2009||29 June 2012||Grouping Naval Southeast (Brazilian Navy)||In service||Ex-Port of Spain|
|P121||Apa||BAE Systems Scotstoun||15 July 2010||30 November 2012||Grouping Naval Southeast (Brazilian Navy)||In service||Ex-Scarborough|
|P122||Araguari||BAE Systems Scotstoun||16 July 2010||21 June 2013||Grouping Naval Northeast (Brazilian Navy)||In service||Ex-San Fernando|
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