NRP Bérrio (A5210)
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The NRP Bérrio, 2007.
|Name:||RFA Blue Rover (A270)|
|Laid down:||30 December 1968|
|Launched:||11 November 1969|
|Commissioned:||15 July 1970|
|Decommissioned:||23 February 1993|
|Fate:||Purchased by the Portuguese Navy and renamed NRP Bérrio on 31 March 1993|
|Acquired:||31 March 1993|
|Homeport:||Lisbon Naval Base|
|Displacement:||11522 tons full load|
|Length:||461 ft 04 in (140.61 m)|
|Beam:||63 ft 02 in (19.25 m)|
|Draught:||24 ft 00 in (7.32 m)|
|Propulsion:||(orig) 2 x 16 cyl Ruston diesels (post 1974) 2 x 16 cyl Peilstick diesels|
|Range:||15,000 miles (24,000 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)|
|Capacity:||3,000 m³ of fuel|
|Sensors and |
|Sperry Marine Visionmaster radars and ECDIS. 1690 I band navigation radars|
|Electronic warfare |
|Aircraft carried:||Helicopter deck but no hangar|
NRP Bérrio (A5210) is a fleet support tanker of the Portuguese Navy.
The ship belongs to the Rover-class tankers, built by the Swan Hunter in Hebburn, England from 1969. From 1970 to 1993, the ship was part of the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary, as the RFA Blue Rover (A270). In 1993, it went to the Portuguese Navy and renamed Bérrio.
In British service, the Blue Rover participated in the Falklands War in 1982.
In the service of the Portuguese Navy, the Bérrio participated in the Operation Crocodile (Operação Crocodilo) in 1998, as part of the Portuguese naval task force that rescued foreign nationals caught in the civil conflicts in Guinea-Bissau and then supported the mediators of the CPLP in the peace talks between the parts in conflict.
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