Brazilian sailors at BAE

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EIGHTY Brazilian Navy sailors are in Portsmouth being trained by engineers at BAE Systems to master the newest addition to their fleet.

Amazonas, the first of three Offshore Patrol Vessels purchased by the Brazilian Navy, will be officially handed over by BAE Systems in Portsmouth on Friday morning.

The sailors are in Portsmouth learning advanced skills in areas such as seamanship, electronics and propulsion, the company said.

Brazil bought the three Offshore Patrol Vessels from BAE in a £133m deal announced in January.

The three ships were originally built in Portsmouth for the Trinidad and Tobago coastguard.

But the £150m contract was torn up by the Caribbean nation’s government in 2010 in a row with BAE about the ships arriving late and not being built to specification.

The deal to sell the vessels to Brazil included a manufacturing licence allowing further vessels of the same class to be built in Brazil.