João Belo-class frigate
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NRP Comandante João Belo (F480)
|Name:||João Belo (modified Commandant Rivière)|
|Builders:||AC de Nantes, France|
|Preceded by:||Almirante Pereira da Silva class|
|In commission:||1967 - present day|
|Displacement:||1,750 tons standard, 2,230 tons full load|
|Length:||102.7 m (337 ft)|
|Beam:||11.5 m (38 ft)|
|Draught:||4.3 m (14 ft)|
|Propulsion:||2 shaft 4 diesel engines SEMT Pielstick V12 PC2 16,000 hp (12 MW)|
|Speed:||25 kn (46 km/h; 29 mph)|
|Range:||7,500 nmi (13,900 km; 8,600 mi) at 16 kn (30 km/h; 18 mph)|
|Boats & landing
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The João Belo class, also known as Comandante João Belo class, is a class of four frigates of French design, identical to the Commandant Rivière class, with extra equipment for tropical climates. Ordered by the Portuguese Navy in 1964, the four ships of this class were constructed at the shipyard in Nantes.
In the 1960s the Portuguese Navy was interested in the acquisition of British frigates of the Leander class, but because of British political opposition against Portugal this acquisition was impossible. Portugal was then forced to buy frigates of an already existing project due the urgency in the acquisition of naval ships for the defense of African, Macanese and Timorese waters.
The two remaining frigates in active service of this class were replaced, in 2008, by the Bartolomeu Dias class (Dutch Karel Doorman class) in the Portuguese Navy. NRP João Belo and NRP Sacadura Cabral were sold to the Uruguayan Navy, becoming, respectively ROU Uruguay and ROU Pedro Campbell.
|F480||Comandante João Belo||Ateliers et chantiers de Bretagne (ACB) Nantes||1967||Sold to Uruguay as ROU 01 Uruguay|
|F481||Comandante Hermenegildo Capelo||Ateliers et chantiers de Bretagne (ACB) Nantes||1968||Decommissioned in 2004. Sunk in 2013 to form an artificial reef in Algarve. "Ocean Revival" program.|
|F482||Comandante Roberto Ivens||Ateliers et chantiers de Bretagne (ACB) Nantes||1968||Decommissioned in 1998 after colliding with a Tanker ship on a NATO exercise. The vessel was seriously damaged by the accident and had to be towed to harbour. Due to the age and extent of the damage, it was decided to decommission the ship. It was stripped of its equipment, taken to sea and sunk.|
|F483||Comandante Sacadura Cabral||Ateliers et chantiers de Bretagne (ACB) Nantes||1969||Sold to Uruguay as ROU 02 Comandante Pedro Campbell|
- Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1947-1995
- "Comandante Hermenegildo Capelo ship profile" (in Portuguese). Portuguese Navy. Archived from the original on December 30, 2008.
- "João Belo class" (in Portuguese). Área Militar.
- "Ocean Revival".
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