Viana do Castelo-class patrol vessel
NRP Viana do Castelo
|Builders:||Estaleiros Navais de Viana do Castelo (ENVC)|
|Preceded by:||João Coutinho-class corvette|
|Subclasses:||NPO - ocean patrol vessel and NCP - anti-pollution vessel|
|In commission:||2010 - Present|
|Planned:||6 to 8 NPC + 2 NCP|
|Type:||Offshore patrol vessel|
|Length:||83.10 m (272 ft 8 in)|
|Beam:||12.95 m (42 ft 6 in)|
|Draught:||3.69 m (12 ft 1 in)|
|Propulsion:||2 x Wärtsilä diesel engines (3,900 kW (5,200 hp) each), 2 electric engines (200 kW (270 hp) each)|
|Speed:||20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph) maximum|
|Boats & landing
|2 x Rigid Inflatable Boats|
|Complement:||35 accommodation for 32 more|
|Leonardo Medusa MK4/B electro-optical fire control system, iXblue Quadrans inertial navigation system, Furuno Electric's FAR-3230 F-band and FAR-3220 I-band navigation radars|
|Aviation facilities:||Medium-sized helicopter pad but no hangar|
The Viana do Castelo class is a class of offshore patrol vessels planned by and for the Portuguese Navy, as a result of the NPO2000 Project (Portuguese, Navios de Patrulha Oceânica, for Oceanic Patrol Vessels), that are being constructed in the Estaleiros Navais de Viana do Castelo (ENVC).
The eight to ten vessels of this class, specially designed to operate in the waters of the North Atlantic Ocean, will replace the João Coutinho and Baptista de Andrade-class corvettes — currently being decommissioned —, and the small patrol boats of the Cacine-class in their primary fisheries protection role (SIFICAP) and in their search and rescue (SAR) roles. Two of these vessels of the version Navios de Combate à Poluição (NCP) will be fitted with anti-pollution systems — including Fast Oil Recovery systems. These vessels are named after Portuguese coastal cities.
The first vessel, NRP Viana do Castelo (P360), was commissioned on March 2010 after several years of delay. Six additional vessels are planned by the Portuguese Navy as announced in 2016 to be built in 2017 and 2018.
Armament consists of a 30 mm Oto Melara Marlin, it replaces one 40 mm L/60 turreted gun in the NRP Viana do Castelo, and two manned mounts to be armed with 7.62 mm light machine guns as well as two launching systems for MK55 Mod 2 mines. The ships are designed to operate unmanned systems and are equipped with a single Sagem SA Vigy 10 MKIII naval surveillance and observation platform, three water cannons, and two rigid inflatable boats. Each ship is capable of accommodating a Super Lynx MK95 light helicopter.
|P360||Viana do Castelo||NPO||2004||ENVC||1 October 2005||March 2011||In service|
|P361||Figueira da Foz||NPO||2004||ENVC||1 October 2005||June 2013||In service|
|P362||Sines||NPO||?||WestSea||3 May 2017||?||Fitting out/trials|
|P363||Setúbal||NPO||?||WestSea||13 September 2017 ||?||Fitting out/trials|
|?||Funchal||NPO||2015||West Sea||2017 (planned)||2018 (planned)|
|?||Aveiro||NPO||2015||West Sea||2017 (planned)||2018 (planned)|
- http://dn.sapo.pt/inicio/portugal/interior.aspx?content_id=1519305[permanent dead link]
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on January 17, 2009. Retrieved April 2, 2010.
- Viana do Castelo Offshore Patrol Vessels Analysis, Área Militar (in Portuguese)
- Navio de Patrulha Oceânica (NPO 2000), ENVC (in Portuguese).
- Navio de Combate à Poluição (NCP 2000), ENVC (in Portuguese).
- Viana do Castelo commissioned[permanent dead link], Diário de Notícias newspaper (in Portuguese).
- http://www.janes.com/article/51922/portugal-to-buy-two-more-opvs, Janes defence (in English).