List of ships of the Portuguese Navy

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This is a list of various Portuguese warships:

Seen at Horta' Azores July 2015, A523. Appears also to be Flower Class corvette and making hydrological surveys off the coast. Correction to above, A523 is Almirantr Gajo Coutinho, ex US N S Assurance, used for hydrological surveying

Historical battleships[edit]

Carracks (C) and galleons (G)[edit]

  • São Gabriel (C) - 1497
  • São Rafael (C) - 1497
  • Flor de la mar (C) - 1502
  • Lobo Soares (c.1516)
  • Santa Catarina do Monte Sinai (C) - 1520
  • São João Baptista (aka Botafogo) (G) - (c. 1534)
  • São Paulo - Wrecked 1561?
  • Águia - Sank 1559
  • Garça - Sank 1559
  • Cinco Chagas (1560/61)
  • São Martinho (G) - Flagship of the "Invincible Armada" in 1588
  • São Mateus (c. 1580)
  • São Cristóvão (c. 1581)
  • São Filipe (c. 1583)
  • São Luís (c. 1585)
  • São Marcos (c. 1585)
  • Santiago (c. 1585)
  • São João (c. 1586)
  • São Bernardo (c. 1586)
  • Relíquias (C) - Sank 1587
  • São Tomé - Wrecked 1589
  • Madre de Deus (C) - Captured by England 1592
  • Santo Alberto - Wrecked 1593
  • Chagas - Sank 1594
  • Santiago - Captured by the Netherlands 1602
  • Santo António (G) - In 1615 fleet to India
  • Santo Amaro - Wrecked 1620
  • Nossa Senhora de Conceição (C) (1620) - Burnt by Algerines 1621
  • Santo Alberto (C) - Sank before 1622
  • São João Baptista (c. 1621) - Sank 1622
  • Santa Teresa de Jesus - Wrecked 1622
  • São Carlos - Wrecked 1622
  • São José - Wrecked 1622
  • São Francisco Xavier (C) - Flagship of 1623 fleet to India, wrecked 1625
  • Santa Isabel (C) - In 1623 fleet to India, storm 1624
  • Nossa Senhora da Conceição (C) - In 1623 fleet to India, scuttled after damage 1625
  • Santo André (G) - In 1623 fleet to India
  • Misericórdia (G) - In 1623 fleet to India
  • São Simão (G) - In 1623 fleet to India, storm 1624
  • Nossa Senhora da Guia - Wrecked 1624
  • São Pedro (G)
  • São João 366
  • Cinco Chagas (C) (c. 1623) - In 1624 fleet to India
  • Nossa Senhora da Quietação (C) (c. 1623) - In 1624 fleet to India
  • São João (G) - In 1624 fleet to India
  • Santa Catarina do Monte Sinai
  • Nossa Senhora da Conceição (C/G)
  • Nossa Senhora dos Remédios
  • Nossa Senhora da Saúde (C)
  • Nossa Senhora de Belém - Sank 1635
  • Bom Jesus (G) 64/70 (1636)
  • Santa Teresa (G) (c. 1637) - Burnt at the Battle of the Downs, 1639
  • São Sebastião 54 - Burnt 1639
  • Sacramento - Sank 1647
  • Nossa Senhora da Atalaia - Sank 1647
  • São Pedro da Ribeira (G)
  • Padre Eterno (G) (1663)
  • Santo António de Tana 54 - Sank 1698

Sail battleships (ships of the line)[edit]

  • Princesa do Céu (c. 1700) - Discarded 1718?
  • Nossa Senhora de Bettencourt (c. 1700) - Discarded 1701?
  • Nossa Senhora do Vale (c. 1701) - Discarded 1701?
  • Nossa Senhora da Conceição 80 (c. 1701) - Discarded 1724?
  • Nossa Senhora da Assunção 66 (c. 1705) - Discarded 1731?
  • Nossa Senhora das Portas do Céu de Rosette (c. 1706) - Discarded 1708?
  • São Jorge, Nossa Senhora das Necessidades 66 (c. 1708) - Discarded 1737?
  • Nossa Senhora da Conceição (c. 1710) - Discarded 1712?
  • Santa Ana e São Joaquim (c. 1711) - Discarded 1718?
  • Nossa Senhora da Piedade 66 (c. 1711) - Discarded 1725?
  • Nossa Senhora das Angústias (c. 1713) - Discarded 1713?
  • Nossa Senhora da Palma e São Pedro (c. 1715) - Discarded 1729?
  • Nossa Senhora do Pilar, o Padre Eterno 70 (c. 1715) - Discarded 1740?
  • Santa Rosa 66 (c. 1716) - Burnt 1726
  • Rainha dos Anjos 54-56 (c. 1716) - Burnt 1722
  • São Lourenço 58 (c. 1716) - Discarded 1734?
  • Nossa Senhora da Luz 66 (probably ex-Dutch Daalhem or Prins Friso 64, acquired 1717) - Discarded 1720?
  • Nossa Senhora do Monte do Carmo 74 (probably ex-Dutch Zeelandia or Gelderland 72, acquired 1717) - Discarded 1724?
  • Nossa Senhora do Cabo e São Pedro de Alcântara 72 (probably ex-Dutch Zeelandia or Gelderland 72, acquired 1717) - Captured by pirates 1721
  • Nossa Senhora da Guia 66 (probably ex-Dutch Daalhem or Prins Friso 64, acquired 1717) - Discarded 1719?
  • Nossa Senhora da Penha de França 70 (c. 1717) - Discarded 1730?
  • Nossa Senhora Madre de Deus e São João Evangelista 66 (c. 1717) - Discarded 1734?
  • Nossa Senhora da Atalaia 52 (c. 1719) - Discarded 1733?
  • Nossa Senhora Madre de Deus e São Francisco Xavier (c. 1720) - Discarded 1732?
  • Nossa Senhora da Vitória 64 (c. 1720) - Burnt 1730
  • Nossa Senhora da Oliveira 50-52 (c. 1721) - Discarded 1737?
  • Nossa Senhora da Nazaré 50 (c. 1721) - BU 1741
  • Nossa Senhora do Rosário 50 (c. 1723) - Discarded 1740?
  • Nossa Senhora do Livramento e São Francisco Xavier 66 (c. 1723) - Discarded 1735?
  • Nossa Senhora do Livramento 66 (c. 1724)
  • Santo António 64-74 (c. 1724) - Discarded 1725?
  • Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem (c. 1724) - Discarded 1728?
  • Nossa Senhora das Ondas 58 (c. 1724) - Discarded 1738?
  • Santa Teresa de Jesus 66 (c. 1724) - Discarded 1735?
  • Nossa Senhora da Lampadosa 50/64 (c. 1727) - Burnt 1759?
  • Nossa Senhora da Conceição e Santo António 70? (c. 1728) - Discarded 1734?
  • Nossa Senhora da Estrela 64 (c. 1729) - Discarded 1736?
  • Nossa Senhora do Rosário e Santo André 58 (c. 1732) - Burnt 1737
  • Nossa Senhora da Conceição 74 (c. 1733) - Discarded 1745?
  • Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem 60 (c. 1734) - Discarded 1752?
  • Nossa Senhora da Vitória 74 (c. 1735) - Aground 1746
  • Nossa Senhora da Esperança 70 (c. 1735) - Discarded 1742?
  • Nossa Senhora da Arrábida 60-62 (c. 1736) - BU 1744?
  • Nossa Senhora da Glória 72-74 (c. 1737) - Sunk 1752
  • Nossa Senhora da Oliveira de Guimarães 52-60 (c. 1737) - Discarded 1747?
  • Nossa Senhora do Bom Sucesso 50 (c. 1738) - Discarded 1745?
  • Nossa Senhora do Monte do Carmo 46 (c. 1738) - Discarded 1747?
  • Nossa Senhora da Penha de França 56 (c. 1739) - Discarded 1750?
  • Nossa Senhora da Nazaré (c. 1740) - Wrecked? 1740?
  • Nossa Senhora da Conceição e São João Baptista (c. 1740) - Sold 1745
  • Nossa Senhora Madre de Deus e Santo António 64 (c. 1740) - Discarded 1749?
  • São João Baptista (c. 1741) - Discarded 1747? (ex-British?)
  • São Francisco Xavier e Todo o Bem 50 (c. 1741) - Burnt and BU 1757
  • Nossa Senhora da Piedade (Nossa Senhora das Mercês) (c. 1742) - Discarded 1754?
  • Nossa Senhora da Caridade e São Francisco de Paula (c. 1744) - Discarded 1755?
  • Nossa Senhora da Misericórdia (c. 1744) - Discarded 1754?
  • Nossa Senhora da Nazaré 60 (c. 1744) - Discarded 1755?
  • Nossa Senhora das Necessidades 70 (c. 1747) - Discarded 1764?
  • Nossa Senhora do Vencimento e São José 58 (c. 1748) - Discarded 1764?
  • São José e Nossa Senhora da Conceição 60-72 (c. 1748) - Discarded 1767?
  • Nossa Senhora do Livramento e São José 60 (c. 1749) - Discarded 1762?
  • Nossa Senhora das Brotas 50 (c. 1751) - Discarded 1765?
  • Nossa Senhora da Conceição e São José 60-72 (c. 1751) - Discarded 1763?
  • Nossa Senhora da Natividade 50 (c. 1752) - Discarded 1766?
  • Santo António e Justiça (c. 1752) - Discarded 1766?
  • Nossa Senhora da Conceição e São Vicente Ferreira 50 (c. 1755) - Discarded 1764?
  • Nossa Senhora da Assunção 64-66 (c. 1757) - Discarded 1762?
  • Nossa Senhora da Caridade, São Francisco de Paula e Santo António (c. 1757) - Sold 1788
  • Nossa Senhora da Ajuda e São Pedro de Alcântara 62-68 (c. 1759) - Rebuilt 1793 and renamed as Princesa da Beira, sold 1834
  • Santo António 60 (c. 1760)
  • Nossa Senhora do Monte do Carmo 74 (c. 1760) - Wrecked 1774
  • São José e Nossa Senhora das Mercês 54/64 (c. 1761) - Wrecked 1793/94
  • Nossa Senhora Madre de Deus e São José 62-64 (c. 1761) - Discarded 1780?
  • Nossa Senhora do Pilar 74 (c. 1763) - Rebuilt 1793 and renamed Conde Dom Henrique, to Brazil 1822
  • Santo António e São José 64-74 (c. 1763) - Rebuilt 1794 and renamed Infante Dom Pedro, rebuilt 1806 and renamed Martim de Freitas, renamed Dom Pedro I 1822, to Brazil 1822
  • Nossa Senhora do Bom Sucesso 64-72 (c. 1766) - Rebuilt 1800 and renamed Dom João de Castro, to Brazil 1822
  • Nossa Senhora de Belém e São José 54 (c. 1766) - BU 1805
  • São Sebastião 64 (c. 1767) - BU 1832
  • Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres 62-64 (c. 1767) - Rebuilt and renamed Afonso de Albuquerque 1796/97, to Brazil 1822
  • Nossa Senhora da Conceição 80-90 (c. 1771) - Rebuilt and renamed Príncipe Real 1794, to Brazil 1822
  • Santo Agostinho 72 (ex-Spanish San Agustin 74, captured 1776/77) - Returned 1777
  • Nossa Senhora do Monte do Carmo 68-74 (c. 1786) - Rebuilt and renamed Medusa 1793, to Brazil 1822?
  • Coração de Jesus 72-74 (c. 1789) - Rebuilt, renamed Maria I 1793, captured by France 1807, returned c. 1809, wrecked 1810
  • Rainha de Portugal 74 (c. 1791) - Rebuilt and renamed Cabo de São Vicente 1833, discarded 1848?
  • Vasco da Gama 74-80 (c. 1792) - To Brazil 1822
  • Príncipe do Brazil 74 (c. 1802) - BU 1826?
  • Dom João Sexto 74 (c. 1816) - Renamed Nossa Senhora dos Mártires e de São João, Príncipe Regente, BU 1852
  • Vasco da Gama 74-80 (c. 1841) - Discarded 1873?
  • Assunção 66/70
  • São Sebastião 74
  • Santa Teresa 50 - renamed Thetis
  • Santo António 70
  • Golfinho 44
  • Amazónia 50
  • Pérola 44
  • Tritão 44

Steam battleships[edit]

1807 Fleet[edit]

The following is a list of the Portuguese warships which were lying in the Tagus River, Lisbon, when Lord St Vincent was there in September 1806:

Ship Guns State
Príncipe Real 84 Lower masts rigged, and the lower yards are across.
Príncipe do Brazil 84
Rainha de Portugal 74
Afonso de Albuquerque 74 Lower masts rigged, top-masts up, and down the lower masts, jib-booms on the bowsprit, cables bent to the spare anchors: appear to have their ballast on board.
Princesa da Beira 64
Infante Dom Pedro 74
Medusa 74
Belém 64
D. Maria I 74
São Sebastião* 74
Name unknown 74
Name unknown 74
Santo António 70 In dock 7 years and 3 months
Príncipe Regente 74 Building
Teresa 50 Lower masts rigged, and jib-boom on the bowsprit; just caulked
Golfinho 44
Amazónia 50
Pérola 50 Lower masts rigged, and the topmasts up, and down the masts; anchors on board, and one cable bent
Active 36
Princesa de Abiena 36
Andorinha 32
Vénus 36 Repairing, and preparing to heave down
Ulisses 36
Real Fonsor 28 Just repairing, and fitting
BoaVentura 16 Caulking
Serpente 22 Lower masts rigged; anchors and cables on board
Diligente 22
Gaivota 22
Real Fonza 16
Fereta (schooner) 8 Fitting for sea (new)
Benjamim 22 Corvette (French)
Tritão 44 Lower masts rigged, topmasts and spars on board; just caulked

N.B. One 74-gun ship sailed the latter end of August, and Rainha de Portugal arrived. These ships, in general, were said to be in good repair; and as to construction, equal, if not superior to the British.

Source: Nautical Chronicle, Vol. 18 (1807), pp 229–330, The Maritime History Virtual Archives

1900–2010 commissions[edit]

The following is a list of the Portuguese warships by type commissioned between 1900 and 2010

# Ship name Commission State

Avisos[edit]

Carvalho Araújo 1915–59 British Arabis-class sloop
República 1915–39 British Arabis-class sloop
F 475 Gonçalo Velho 1933–61
F 476 Gonçalves Zarco 1933–64
F 470 Afonso de Albuquerque 1935–61
F 471 Bartolomeu Dias 1935–67
A 528 Pedro Nunes 1935–76
F 477,
A 5200
João de Lisboa 1937–66

Corvettes[edit]

A524 Carvalho Araújo 1959–75 British Flower-class corvette; used as an hydrographic survey vessel; ex-HMS Chrysanthemum, ex-FFL Commandant Drogou, ex-Terje X
Bengo 1948–48 Canadian Flower-class corvette ex-HMCS Whitby. Transferred to Mozambique as a pilot tender with the same name. Fate unknown.
A527 Almeida Carvalho 1950–71 Converted British Bangor-class minesweeper used as an hydrographic survey vessel; ex-HMCS Fort York
F470 Cacheu 1965–74 Converted British Bangor-class minesweeper; ex-HMCS Caraquet, ex-NRP Almirante Lacerda
F471 António Enes 1971– In service
F475 João Coutinho 1970– In service
F476 Jacinto Cândido 1970– In service
F477 General Pereira d'Eça 1970– In service
F484 Augusto Castilho 1970–2003 Decommissioned
F485 Honório Barreto 1971–2002 Decommissioned
F486 Baptista de Andrade 1974– In service, first of four Baptista de Andrade-class corvettes;
F487 João Roby 1975– In service
F488 Afonso Cerqueira 1975– In service
F489 Oliveira e Carmo 1975–2001 Decommissioned, sunk as artificial reef 30 October 2012

Destroyers[edit]

T Tejo 1904–27 Sunk March 1927
L Liz 1914–14 Transferred to the Royal Navy (31 May 1915) and was renamed HMS Arno; sunk in the same year by collision with a battleship
G Guadiana 1913–34
D Douro 1914–31
TA Tamega 1922–45
V Vouga 1920–31 Sunk March 1931
D334 (ex V) Vouga 1933–67
D333 (ex L) Lima 1933–65
D331 (ex D) Dão 1935–60
D335 (ex T) Tejo 1935–65
D332 (ex DR) Douro 1936–59

Frigates[edit]

F332 Nuno Tristão 1945–70 British River-class frigate; ex-HMS Avon; scrapped
F331 Diogo Gomes 1949–68 British River-class frigate; ex-HMS Awe; scrapped
F333 Diogo Cão 1957–68 US John C. Butler-class destroyer escort, classified as frigate; ex-USS Formoe (DE-509); scrapped
F334 Corte Real 1957–68 US John C. Butler-class destroyer escort, classified as frigate; ex-USS McCoy Reynolds (DE-440); scrapped
F335; DE 1032(US) Pêro Escobar 1957–75 Ordered and bought by the USA for Portugal; scrapped
F336 Álvares Cabral 1959–71 British Bay-class frigate; ex-HMS Burghead Bay; scrapped
F337 Pacheco Pereira 1959–70 British Bay-class frigate; ex-HMS Bigbury Bay; scrapped
F479 Dom Francisco de Almeida 1961–70 British Bay-class frigate; ex-HMS Morecambe Bay; scrapped
F478 Vasco da Gama 1961–71 British Bay-class frigate; ex-HMS Mounts Bay; scrapped
F472; DE 1039 Almirante Pereira da Silva 1963–89 Although officially decommissioned only in 1989, it was inoperative from the early 1980s; scrapped at Alhos Vedros
F473 Almirante Gago Coutinho 1967–89 Although officially decommissioned only in 1989, it was inoperative since the early 1980s; scrapped at Alhos Vedros
F474 Almirante Magalhães Correia 1968–89 Operative until mid-1980s, although very seldom used; scrapped at Alhos Vedros
F480 Comandante João Belo 1966–2008 Sold to Uruguay and officially transferred April 2008, as ROU-1 Uruguay, in service Uruguayan Navy
F482 Comandante Roberto Ivens 1968–98 Collided in 1995 with the Canadian AOR Preserver; wrecked; scrapped at Alhos Vedros
F481 Comandante Hermenegildo Capelo 1968–2004 Decommissioned April 2004; moored at Lisbon Naval Base; being prepared as artificial reef 2013
F483 Comandante Sacadura Cabral 1969–2008 Sold to Uruguay and officially transferred April 2008, as ROU-2 Cte Pedro Campbell, in service Uruguayan Navy
F330 Vasco da Gama 1991– In service
F331 Álvares Cabral 1991– In service
F332 Corte-Real 1992– In service
F333 Bartolomeu Dias 2009– In service
F334 Dom Francisco de Almeida 2010– In service

Patrol boats[edit]

P-1140 Cacine 1969– In service
P-1141 Cunene Scrapped
P-1142 Mandovi Scrapped
P-1143 Rovuma Scrapped
P-1144 Cuanza 1970– In service
P-1145 Geba Sunk in missile exercise 2008
P-1146 Zaire 1971– In service
P-1147 Zambeze Sank as artificial reef 30 October 2012
P-1160 Limpopo Sunk in a missile exercise 2005
P-1161 Save 1973–2010 Decommissioned, moored at Lisbon Naval Base, to be scrapped
P-360 Viana do Castelo 2011– In service
P-361 Figueira da Foz 2013– In service

Submarines[edit]

E Espadarte 1913–28
F Foca 1917–34
G Golfinho 1917–34
H Hidra 1917–35
D Delfim 1934–50
D Espadarte 1935–50
G Golfinho 1935–50
S160 Narval 1948–69 British S-class submarine; ex-HMS Spur; scrapped
S161 Nautilo 1948–69 British S-class submarine; ex-HMS Saga; scrapped
S162 Neptuno 1948–67 British S-class submarine; ex-HMS Spearhead; scrapped
S163 Albacora 1967–2000 Moored at Lisbon Naval Base and used for spare parts (caniballized) scrap in 2011 in Alhos Vedros shipyard
S164 Barracuda 1968–2010 Decommissioned in 2010 to be converted to a museum ship, will be placed at Almada in 2013
S165 Cachalote 1968–75 Sold to Pakistan in 1975, renamed Ghazi
S166 Delfim II 1969–2005 Converted to a museum ship, will be placed at Viana do Castelo, in 2008?
S160 Tridente 2010– In service
S161 Arpão 2010– In service

Torpedo boats[edit]

1 Nº1 1881–1929
2 Nº2 1886–1921
3 Nº3 1886–1921
4 Nº4 1886–1921
A Ave 1921–40 Ex. "86 F L" of the Austro-Hungarian Navy, transferred to Portugal as reparation for World War I
L Liz 1921–34 Ex. "90 F L" of the Austro-Hungarian Navy, transferred to Portugal as reparation for World War I
S Sado 1921–40 Ex. "89 F L" of the Austro-Hungarian Navy, transferred to Portugal as reparation for World War I
M Mondego 1921–38 Ex. "91 F M" of the Austro-Hungarian Navy, transferred to Portugal as reparation for World War I
C Cávado 1921–21 Ex. "88 F C" of the Austro-Hungarian Navy, transferred to Portugal as reparation for World War I; Sank on the Moroccan coast while being towed by the Patrão Lopes
Z Zêzere 1921–21 Ex. "85 F Z" of the Austro-Hungarian Navy, transferred to Portugal as reparation for World War I; Sank on the Moroccan coast while being towed by NRP Patrão Lopes
# Ship name Commission State

Future Developments[edit]

The following are ships that are being built or that will be transferred to the Portuguese Navy:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]