THE latest Brazilian warship to be built in Portsmouth has set sail for the first time to be put through her paces in sea trials.
Araguari is the third ocean patrol vessel in the Amazonas class to be built in the city by BAE Systems.
This morning she set sail with her Brazilian Navy crew and BAE Systems workers to spend two weeks testing all elements of the ship, including her propulsion and combat systems.
Members of the ship’s 81- strong crew have now moved into their new residence at Portsmouth Naval Base and have begun training.
Nigel Stewart, the commercial director at BAE Systems Maritime, said: ‘Today is the start of an exciting new stage in the delivery of this highly capable warship, as well as another milestone in our strong partnership with the Brazilian Navy.
‘The BAE Systems team will test Araguari’s performance and work with her crew to ensure they are ready for the challenges the ship will face when delivered to Brazil to provide maritime security, humanitarian relief and search and rescue.’
The 90m ships are based on the design of the Royal Navy’s River-Class offshore patrol vessels.