BAE to hand unwanted ship over to Brazil Navy

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THE first of three Ocean Patrol Vessels built by BAE Systems will be handed over to the Brazilian Navy at Portsmouth Naval Base next week.

The ships were originally built in Portsmouth for the Trinidad and Tobago government in a deal worth £150m.

But the contract was terminated in 2010 when the Caribbean nation refused to take possession of the ships.

Trinidad and Tobago ministers claimed the vessels were late and not built to their original specifications by BAE.

After being left with three unwanted ships, the defence giant struck a £133m deal to sell the ships to Brazil’s navy.

The contract contains a manufacturing licence allowing further vessels of the same class to be built in Brazil.

The first ship, now renamed Amazonas, will be handed over during a ceremony at the naval base on Friday morning.

‘The highly capable ships are effective for search and rescue, maritime security and humanitarian relief operations, and will provide Brazil with enhanced maritime capability,’ a BAE spokesman said.