List of ships of the Brazilian Navy

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This is a list of active ships of the Brazilian Navy, complete and correct as of 2013.

The Navy has approximately 112 ships in commission, including 39 auxiliary vessels. 9 of the commissioned vessels are frigates of British origin, 1 is an aircraft carrier of French origin and 5 are conventional attack submarines of German origin.

Current ships[edit]

Class Image Type Ships Origin Note
Submarines (5)
Type 209 submarine S Tikuna (S-34).jpg Diesel-electric attack submarine BNS S30 Tupi
BNS S31 Tamoio
BNS S32 Timbira
BNS S33 Tapajó
BNS S34 Tikuna
1,810 tonnes
Aircraft carrier (1)
Clemenceau-class Brazilian aircraft carrier São Paulo (A12).jpg Aircraft carrier BNS A12 São Paulo  France 32,800 tonnes
Frigates (10)
Brasil-class NE Brasil (U-27) 2.jpg Training frigate BNS U27 Brasil  United Kingdom
3,355 tonnes
Niteroi class frigate F Niteroi (F-40).jpg Multipurpose frigate BNS F40 Niterói
BNS F41 Defensora
BNS F42 Constituição
BNS F43 Liberal
BNS F44 Independência
BNS F45 União
 United Kingdom
3,355 tonnes
Type 22 frigate BNS Rademaker F49.jpg Anti-submarine warfare frigate BNS F46 Greenhalgh
BNS F48 Bosísio
BNS F49 Rademaker
 United Kingdom 4,400 tonnes
  • 2× Exocet MM40 anti-ship missiles launchers
  • Sea Wolf launchers
  • 2× triple Magazine launched anti-submarine torpedo tubes
  • 2× 20 mm GAM-BO1 guns
Corvettes (5)
Inhaúma class corvette Cv Frotin (V-33).jpg Corvette
Escort vessels
BNS V30 Inhaúma
BNS V31 Jaceguai
BNS V32 Júlio de Noronha
BNS V33 Frontin
 Brazil 1,670 tonnes
Barroso-class corvette Vertente soberania.jpg Corvette
Escort vessels
BNS V34 Barroso  Brazil 1,785 tonnes
Mine warfare (6)
Aratu class NV Anhatomirim (M-16).jpg Minesweeper ship BNS M15 Aratu
BNS M16 Anhatomirim
BNS M17 Atalaia
BNS M18 Araçatuba
BNS M19 Abrolhos
BNS M20 Albardão
 Germany 245 tonnes
Amphibious Ship (4)
Ceará class NDD Rio de Janeiro (G-31).jpg Dock landing ship BNS G30 Ceará  United States 11,800 tonnes
  • 4× 2 (76 mm)/50 cal Mk.33 AA guns (2 twin mounts)
Round Table class NDCC Garcia D'Avila (G-29)2.jpg Tank landing ship BNS G25 Almirante Sabóia
BNS G29 Garcia D'Avila
 United Kingdom 6,700 tonnes
Mattoso Maia class NDCC Mattoso Maia (G-28).jpg Tank landing ship BNS G28 Mattoso Maia  United States 8,757 tonnes
Monitor ship (1)
Parnaíba class M Parnaíba (U-17).jpg Monitor/Gunboat
BNS U17 Parnaíba  Brazil 700 tonnes
Patrol vessels (35)
Amazonas class BNS Araguari-3.jpg Offshore patrol vessel/Light corvette BNS P120 Amazonas
BNS P121 Apa
BNS P122 Araguari[1]
 United Kingdom 1,700 tonnes
Imperial Marinheiro class Cv Caboclo (V19).jpg Offshore patrol vessel/Light corvette BNS V15 Imperial Marinheiro
BNS V19 Caboclo
 Netherlands 911 tonnes
Macaé class Navio-Patrulha Macau.png Offshore patrol vessel BNS P70 Macaé
BNS P71 Macau
BNS P72 Maracanã
500 tonnes
Grajaú class NPa Guaíba (P-41) 1.jpg Offshore patrol vessel BNS P40 Grajaú
BNS P41 Guaíba
BNS P42 Graúna
BNS P43 Goiana
BNS P44 Guajará
BNS P45 Guaporé
BNS P46 Gurupá
BNS P47 Gurupi
BNS P48 Guanabara
BNS P49 Guarujá
BNS P50 Guaratuba
BNS P51 Gravataí
 Brazil 200 tonnes
Bracuí class NPa Bracuí (P-60).jpg Patrol boat
River minesweeper
BNS P60 Bracuí
BNS P61 Benevente
BNS P62 Bocaína
BNS P63 Babitonga
 United Kingdom 850 tonnes
Roraima class NPaFlu Rondônia - P 31.jpg River patrol vessel BNS P30 Roraima
BNS P31 Rondônia
BNS P32 Amapá
 Brazil 340 tonnes
Pedro Teixeira class NPaFlu Pedro Teixeira (P-20).jpg River patrol vessel BNS P20 Pedro Teixeira
BNS P21 Raposo Tavares
 Brazil 690 tonnes
Piratini class NPa Parati - P 13.jpg River patrol vessel BNS P10 Piratini
BNS P11 Pirajá
BNS P12 Pampeiro
BNS P13 Paratí
BNS P14 Penedo
BNS P15 Potí
 United States
105 tonnes
Speedboat (8)
Marlin class AviPa Dourado (LP-03)Salvador2010.jpg Fast patrol boat BNS LP01 Marlim
BNS LP02 Barracuda
BNS LP03 Dourado
BNS LP04 Albacora
BNS LP05 Anequim
BNS LP06 Tucunaré
  • 2× 7.62 mm L7 GPMGs
Patrol River LPR-40 Operação Amazônia 2014 (15560750766).jpg Fast patrol boat river BNS LPR-01
 Colombia Armament:
Tanker (3)
Alte. Gastão Motta class Alte Gastão Motta2009.jpg Tanker BNS G23 Almirante Gastão Motta  Brazil 6,000 tonnes
Marajó class NT Marajó (G-27).jpg Tanker BNS G27 Marajó  Brazil 12,889 tonnes
Potengi class NApLogFlu Potengi (G- 17).jpg River tanker BNS G17 Potengi  Netherlands 594 tonnes
Auxiliaries ships (35)
Paraguassú class NTrFlu Paraguassú (G-15).jpg River troop transport ship BNS G15 Paraguassú  Netherlands Armament:
  • 4× .50 Caliber Machine Gun
Pará class NA Pará (U-15) 1.jpg River troop transport ship BNS U15 Pará  Brazil Armament:
  • 4× .50 Caliber Machine Gun
Almirante Leverger class River troop transport ship BNS G16 Almirante Leverger  Brazil Armament:
  • 4× .50 Caliber Machine Gun
Piraim class AvTrFlu Piraim (U-29).jpg River troop transport ship BNS U29 Piraim  Brazil Armament:
  • 2× .50 Caliber Machine Gun
  • 2× 7.62 mm L7 GPMGs
Comandante Varella class NB Comandante Varella - H 18.jpg Lightvessel BNS H18 Comandante Varella
BNS H19 Tenente Castelo
BNS H20 Comandante Manhães
BNS H25 Tenente Boanerges
Sirius class NHi Sirius - H 21.jpg Research vessel BNS H21 Sirius  Japan
Faroleiro Mário Seixas class NB Faroleiro Mário Seixas - H 26.jpg Lightvessel BNS H26 Faroleiro Mário Seixas  Spain
Almirante Graça Aranha class NF Almirante Graça Aranha (H-34).jpg Lightvessel BNS H34 Almirante Graça Aranha  Brazil
Caravelas class Research vessel BNS H17 Caravelas  Brazil
Amorim do Valle class NHoc Guarnier Sampaio (H-37).jpg Oceanographic research vessel BNS H35 Amorim do Valle
BNS H36 Taurus
BNS H37 Garnier Sampaio
 United Kingdom
Cruzeiro do Sul class NHOc Cruzeiro do Sul (H-38).jpg Oceanographic research vessel BNS H38 Cruzeiro do Sul  Norway
Antares class Antares g.jpg Oceanographic research vessel BNS H40 Antares  Norway
Almirante Maximiano class NApOc Almirante Maximiano (H-41).jpg Icebreaker BNS H41 Almirante Maximiano  Norway 3,865 tonnes
Ary Rongel class NApOc “Ary Rongel” H44.jpg Icebreaker BNS H44 Ary Rongel  Norway 1,982 tonnes
Felinto Perry class Felinto Perry2.jpg Submarine rescue ship BNS K11 Felinto Perry  Norway
Triunfo class RbAM Triunfo (R-23).jpg Salvage tug BNS R21 Tritão
BNS R22 Tridente
BNS R23 Triunfo
 Brazil 1,350 tonnesArmament:
Almirante Guilhem class RbAM Almirante Guilhem (R-24).jpg Salvage tug BNS R24 Almirante Guilhem
BNS R25 Almirante Guillobel
 Brazil 2,393 tonnes
Aspirante Nascimento class AvIn Guarda-Marinha Jansen (U-11).JPG Auxiliary ship BNS U10 Aspirante Nascimento
BNS U11 Guarda-Marinha Jansen
BNS U12 Guarda-Marinha Brito
 Brazil Armament:
Aspirante Moura class AvPq Aspirante Moura (U-14).jpg Auxiliary ship BNS U14 Aspirante Moura  Norway
Doutor Montenegro class ASSHOP montenegro.jpg River hospital ship BNS U16 Doutor Montenegro  Brazil
Oswaldo Cruz class NAsH Oswaldo Cruz (U-18).jpg River hospital ship BNS U18 Oswaldo Cruz
BNS U19 Carlos Chagas
Cisne Branco class Cisne-2g.jpg Sailing frigate BNS U20 Cisne Branco  Netherlands 1,038 tonnes
Tenente Maximiano class NAsH Tenente Maximiano (U-28)2.jpg River hospital ship BNS U28 Tenente Maximiano  Brazil
Almirante Hess class Auxiliary ship BNS U30 Almirante Hess  Brazil 90 tonnes

Future ships[edit]

Vessel Origin Type Class In service Notes
Riachuelo (S40)  France
Scorpène-class submarine SBR Scorpène No Delivery in 2017
Humaitá (S41)  France
Scorpène-class submarine SBR Scorpène No Delivery in 2018
Tonelero (S42)  France
Scorpène-class submarine SBR Scorpène No Delivery in 2020
Angostura (S43)  France
Scorpène-class submarine SBR Scorpène No Delivery in 2021
Álvaro Alberto (SN10)  France
Brazilian Nuclear Submarine Nuclear submarine No Delivery in 2025
Tamandaré (V35)  Brazil Based on Barroso Class No Stealth design. Delivery in 2019
Jerônimo de Albuquerque (V36)  Brazil Based on Barroso Class No Stealth design. Requested
Cunha Moreira (V37)  Brazil Based on Barroso Class No Stealth design. Requested
Mariz e Barros (V38)  Brazil Based on Barroso Class No Stealth design. Requested
Patrol ship of 500 tons
Mangaratiba (P73)  France
Offshore patrol vessel Macaé class No Delivery in 2015
Miramar  (P74)  France
Offshore patrol vessel Macaé class No Delivery in 2015
Maragogipe (P75)  France
Offshore patrol vessel Macaé class No Delivery in 2016
Mostardas (P76)  France
Offshore patrol vessel Macaé class No Delivery in 2017
Auxiliary ship
Rio Branco (NHoFlu)  Brazil Research vessel Rio Branco class No Delivered in 2015
Vital de Oliveira (NPqHo)  China Research vessel Vital de Oliveira class No Delivered in 2015

Torpedoes and missiles[edit]

Brazilian Navy
Naval Jack of Brazil.svg
COA Brazilian Navy.svg
History and traditions
Navy Day:10 November
Patron:Marquês de Tamandaré
Independence of Brazil
Cisplatine War
Ragamuffin War
Paraguayan War
World War I
World War II
Ships of the Brazilian Navy
Aircraft of the Brazilian Navy
Corps of Naval Fusiliers
Naval Aviation
Admiral Júlio Soares de Moura Neto
Type Product Comment Origin Image
Torpedo MK 48 MOD 6AT ADCAP Used on the Type 209 submarines.  United States Mk 48 torpedo on hoist 1982.JPEG
Torpedo Black Shark torpedo Possible purchase for the new Scorpène class submarines.  Italy
Torpedo Esporão torpedo Indigenous project. Under development for the new Scorpène class submarines.  Brazil
Torpedo Mark 46 torpedo Used by both surface ships and helicopters.  United States DD-729 Mk 32 ex torpedo launch 1969.jpg
Anti-ship missile Exocet MM-40 in upgrading by Avibras, SM-39 was bought for use by submarines. AM-39 was bought for use by helicopters.  France Exocet AM39 P1220892-detoured.jpg
Anti-ship missile MAN-1-SUP
Under development. An anti-ship missile with a 180 km range, will come in both surface ship and submarine launched versions.  Brazil
Surface-to-air missile Aspide Used on the Niterói class frigates  Italy Lanciatore Albatros e radar.jpg
Surface-to-air missile Sea Wolf Used on the Type 22 frigates.  United Kingdom Defence Imagery - Missiles 07.jpg
Surface-to-air missile Simbad Used on the aircraft carrier São Paulo.  France Simbad missile.jpg

Historic ships[edit]

Imperial Navy[edit]

Name Type Origin In Service Per unit (class) Photo Note
Abaeté Schooner Empire of Brazil 1839–1841 Belém by Spix & Martius excerto.jpg Was part of the naval force which operated against Cabanagem.
Dom Afonso Frigate  United Kingdom 1848–1853 Steamship dom Afonso.jpg Was captaincy squad during Passage of the Tonelero in Platine War
Sank in 1853.
Recife Corvette Empire of Brazil 1850–1880 Brazilian Steam Frigate LOC 04253u.jpg Was captaincy squad during Passage of the Tonelero in Platine War.
Frigate Amazonas Frigate  United Kingdom 1852–1897 Fragata a Vapor Amazonas.jpg Relevant participation in Paraguayan War
Was seriously damaged during Naval Revolt in 1897.
Corveta Parnahyba Corvette  France 1858–1868 Parnahyba-1858-1865.jpg Participation in Uruguayan War and Paraguayan War. Special participation in Siege of Paysandú.
Ironclad Brasil Ironclad warship Empire of Brazil 1865–1890 Brazilian ironclad Brasil.jpg Participation in Paraguayan War. Was damaged in Battle of Curuzu.
Ironclad Tamandaré Ironclad warship Empire of Brazil 1865–1879 Damaged ironclad Brasil.jpg Participation in Paraguayan War. Was damaged in Battle of Curupayty.
Ironclad Barroso Ironclad warship Empire of Brazil 1866–1882 Buque Barroso (1865).jpg Participation in Paraguayan War.
Ironclad Rio de Janeiro Ironclad warship Empire of Brazil 1865–1866 Participation in Paraguayan War. Sank after hitting two mines in Battle of Curupayty.
Ironclad Colombo Ironclad warship  United Kingdom 1865–1880 Colombo1865.jpg Participation in Paraguayan War. Bombarded Fort humaita in Siege of Humaitá.
Ironclad Lima Barros Ironclad warship Empire of Brazil 1866–1905 Lima Barros (1865).jpg Participation in Paraguayan War.
Ironclad Silvado Ironclad warship Empire of Brazil 1866–1880 Participation in Paraguayan War.
Monitor Bahia Monitor (warship)  United Kingdom 1866–1882 Br Bahia (1865).JPG Participation in Paraguayan War.
Pará-class monitor Monitor (warship) Empire of Brazil 1866–1884
Brazilian monitor Pará
Brazilian monitor Rio Grande
Brazilian monitor Alagoas
Brazilian monitor Piauí
Brazilian monitor Ceará
Brazilian monitor Santa Catharina
Para monitor-Color.jpg Participation in Paraguayan War.
Battleship Riachuelo Battleship  United Kingdom 1883–1910 Riachuelo LOC det.4a15955.jpg Participation in Naval Revolt.
Battleship Aquidabã Battleship  United Kingdom 1885–1906 Aquidaba LOC det 4a04853.jpg Participation in Naval Revolt. Was damaged by torpedoes in naval battle of Anhatomirim, Santa Catarina
Sank in 1906.
Cruiser Almirante Barroso Cruiser Empire of Brazil 1880–1893 Cruzador Almirante Barroso 2.jpg Participation in Naval Revolt
Sank in 1893.
Battleship Sete de Setembro Battleship Empire of Brazil 1874–1893 Encouraçado Sete de Setembro Marinha do Brasil.jpg Participation in Naval Revolt. Sunk in combat in 1893.

Brazilian Navy decommissioned ship[edit]

Class Type Origen In service Units Photo Note
Protected Cruiser Tamandaré Class Battleship  Brazil 1890–1915 Tamandaré Cruzador Protegido Tamandaré (SDM).jpg Participation in Naval Revolt.
Gustavo Sampaio Class Destroyer  United Kingdom 1894-1912 Gustavo Sampaio Caça-Torpedeiro Gustavo Sampaio.png Participation in Naval Revolt. During the Naval Battle Anhatomirim fired four torpedoes, one of which put out of action the Battleship Aquidabã.
Pará-class destroyer (1908) Destroyer  Brazil 1908-1944 BNS CT-2 Pará
BNS CT-3 Piaui
BNS CT-1 Amazonas
BNS CT-10 Mato Grosso
BNS CT-4 Rio Grande do Norte
BNS CT-5 Paraiba
BNS CT-6 Alagoas
BNS CT-9 Santa Catarina
BNS CT-8 Parana
BNS CT-7 Sergipe
Rio Grande do Norte (CT-4).jpg Participation in World War I and World War II.
Bahia-class cruiser Scout cruiser  United Kingdom 1909-1948 BNS C11 Bahia
BNS C12 Rio Grande do Sul
Brazilian cruiser Bahia 2.JPG Participation in World War I and World War II.Cruiser Bahia sunk in 1945.
Battleship Minas Geraes Battleship  United Kingdom 1910-1952 Minas Gerais E Minas Geraes 1910 altered.jpg Participation in World War I and World War II.
Battleship São Paulo Battleship  United Kingdom 1910-1947 São Paulo Brazilian battleship São Paulo trials.jpg Participation in World War I and World War II.
Laurindo Pitta class Tugboat  United Kingdom 1910-1998 Laurindo Pitta RbAM Laurindo Pitta.jpg Participation in World War I and World War II.
Submarine Tupy Class Submarine  Italy 1927-1951 BNS S11 Tupy
BNS S12 Tymbira
BNS S13 Tamoyo
Italian Submarine Domenico Millelire.jpg Participation in World War II.
Vital de Oliveira Auxiliary ship  Brazil 1931-1944 Vital de Oliveira NHi Vital de Oliveira.jpg Participation in World War II. Sunk in 1944, torpedoed by a German submarine.
Barreto de Menezes Class Light corvette  Brazil 1942-1959 BNS F1 Fernandes Vieira
BNS F2 Felipe Camarão
BNS F3 Henrique Dias
BNS F4 Matias e Albuquerque
BNS F5 Barreto de Menezes
BNS F6 Vidal de Negreiros
Participation in World War II.
Orizaba Class Auxiliary ship  United States 1945-1959 BNS U11 Duque de Caxias USS Orizaba (AP-24).jpg Participation in World War II.
Carioca-Class corvette Corvette  Brazil 1938-1990
BNS C1 Carioca
BNS C2 Cananéia
BNS C3 Camocim
BNS C4 Cabedelo
BNS C5 Caravelas
BNS C6 Camaquã
Classe Carioca.jpg Participation in World War II. Camaquã sunk in 1944.
Mettawee-class gasoline tanker Tank ship  United States 1944-1970
BNS G18 Rijo
BNS G19 Raza
USS Mettawee;09201701.jpg Participation in World War II.
Monitor Paraguassú River monitor  Brazil 1940–1971 BNS P1 Paraguassú
BNS P2 Pernanbuco
Monitor Fluvial Paraguassú (P-2).jpg Participation in World War II. During the 2nd World War, attended the Defense Place at anchor in the port of Salvador-BA.
PC-461-class Submarine chaser  United States 1942–1958 BNS G1 Guaporé
BNS G2 Gurupi
BNS G3 Guaíba
BNS G4 Guarupá
BNS G5 Guajará
BNS G6 Goiânia
BNS G7 Grajaú
BNS G8 Graúna
Uss pc-815 1.jpg Participation in World War II.
Bertioga-class destroyer Destroyer  United States 1944-1972 BNS D16 Babitonga
BNS D17 Baependi
BNS D18 Bauru
BNS D19 Beberibe
BNS D20 Benevente
BNS D21 Bertioga
BNS D22 Bocaina
BNS D23 Bracuí
CTE Bocaina (D-22).JPG Participation in World War II.
Gato-class submarine Submarine  United States 1957-1968 BNS S14 Humaitá
BNS S15 Riachuelo
USS Gato;0821201.jpg
Acre-class destroyer Destroyer  Brazil 1949-1974 BNS D10 Acre
BNS D11 Ajuricaba
BNS D12 Amazonas
BNS D13 Apa
BNS D14 Araguarí
BNS D15 Araguaya
CT Acre (D-10).jpg
Aircraft carrier Minas Gerais Aircraft carrier  United Kingdom 1960-2001 BNS A11 Minas Gerais Minas Gerais DN-SN-97-01755.jpg Captaincy squad in Lobster War.
YMS-1-class minesweeper Minesweepers  United States 1960-1982 BNS M11 Javarí
BNS M12 Jutaí
BNS M13 Juruá
BNS M14 Jurena
Aristaeus Class Auxiliary ship  United States 1962-1997 BNS G24 Belmonte Helios ARB-12.jpg
Mato Grosso-class destroyers Destroyer  United States 1973-1996 BNS D36 Alagoas
BNS D35 Sergipe
BNS D34 Mato Grosso
BNS D37 Rio Grande do Norte
BNS D38 Espirito Santo
Allen m sumner-2.jpg
Guppy II class Submarine  United States 1973-1993 BNS S10 Guanabara
BNS S11 Rio Grande do Sul
BNS S12 Bahia
BNS S13 Rio de Janeiro
BNS S14 Ceará
BNS S15 Goiás
BNS S16 Amazonas
USS Greenfish;0835105.jpg
Cruiser Barroso Light cruiser  United States 1951–1973 BNS C11 Barroso C Barroso (C-11).jpg Participation in Lobster War.
Cruiser Tamandare Light cruiser  United States 1951–1976 BNS C12 Tamandaré CRUZADOR LIGERO CLASSE BROOKLYN BARROSO.jpg Participation in Lobster War.
Marcílio Dias-class destroyers Destroyer  United States 1973-1997 BNS D25 Marcílio Dias
BNS D26 Mariz e Barros
Oberon-class submarine Submarine  United Kingdom 1973-1996 BNS S20 Humaitá
BNS S22 Riachuelo
BNS S21 Tonelero
S Riachuelo (S-22).jpg
Penguin Class Auxiliary ship  United States 1973-1996 BNS K10 Gastão Moutinho USS Skylark (ASR-20) underway c1950.jpg
De Soto County Class Auxiliary ship  United States 1973-2000 BNS G26 Duque de Caxias USS Suffolk County (LST-1173) underway c1965.jpg
Garcia-class frigate Destroyer  United States 1989-2004 BNS D27 Pará
BNS D28 Paraiba
BNS D29 Parana
BNS D30 Pernambuco
CT Paraíba - D 28 manobra.jpg
Imperial Marinheiro Class Corvette  Netherlands 1955-2005 BNS V16 Iguatemi
BNS V17 Ipiranga
BNS V18 Forte Coimbra
BNS V20 Angostura
BNS V21 Bahiana
BNS V22 Mearim
BNS V23 Purus
BNS V24 Solimões
Cv Solimões (V-24).jpg
Custódio de Mello Class Auxiliary ship  Brazil/ Japan 1957-2009 BNS G15 Custódio de Mello
BNS G16 Barroso Pereira
BNS G21 Ary Parreiras
BNS G22 Soares Dutra
NTrT Ary Parreira (G-21).jpg
Type 22 frigate Frigate  United Kingdom 1996-2004 BNS F47 Dodsworth F Dodsworth - F 47.jpg
Ceara Class Auxiliary ship  United States 1990-2012 BNS G31 Rio de Janeiro Navio de Desembarque-Doca Rio de Janeiro.jpg

See also[edit]