A SHIP that offers the latest technology to help improve maritime security was handed over to the Brazilian Navy in a ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Base.
APA is the second of three Ocean Patrol Vessels built by BAE Systems.
Yesterday employees joined guests from the Brazilian and UK navies to watch as members of the ship’s company raised the ensign for the first time, formally marking the handover of the Brazilian Navy’s newest vessel.
The team has achieved the handover of the second ship within a year of signing the £133m contract for the supply of three Ocean Patrol Vessels and ancillary support services.
Mick Ord, managing director of BAE Systems’ Maritime-Naval Ships business, said: ‘We are extremely proud to deliver APA to the Brazilian Navy.
‘She is a highly capable ship and will be a great asset to the Brazilian Navy.
‘As we continue to build on our relationship with the Brazilian Navy, our team will now focus on supporting APA’s crew through a comprehensive training programme before she sets sail for Brazil in February. On arrival she will meet the Brazilian fleet and her sister ship, Amazonas .’
The first ship was handed over to the Brazilian Navy in June and arrived in her home port of Rio de Janeiro in early October.
Meanwhile, the team in Portsmouth continues to work on the third ship, Arag uari, which is expected to be delivered in April next year.
Rear Admiral Francisco Deiana, the Brazilian Navy’s director of naval engineering, said: ‘The brand new Ocean Patrol Vessel APA is no doubt a very important asset to the Brazilian Navy’s inventory.’
The vessel, which accommodates a crew of 80, has a 30mm cannon and two 25mm guns, as well as two rigid inflatable boats and a helicopter flight deck capable of landing a medium-sized helicopter.
The ship is ideal for performing maritime security, including protecting oil and gas reserves.