Corvette - Oliveira e Carmo
The "Corvette Ex-NRP Oliveira e Carmo" with NATO designation F489 was constructed between 1972-1975 in the Empresa Nacional Bazan shipyards in Cartagena, having the effective entry date to the Portuguese Armed Forces on October 1975. The Oliveira e Carmo Corvette had 107 crewmembers.
Equipped for anti-submarine combat and having radars and torpedoes available to them, are more than simple corvettes, they are light frigates. Designed for their presence in the Portuguese Colonial War, the resolution of those conflicts left these ships without a purpose, and they were then put to use as oceanic escort ships under the scope of NATO, and later on, they were disarmed with a reduced level of weaponry, as patrol ships in the exclusive Portuguese economic zone. After 24 years of service, the Corvette retired in 1999.
Some overseas ports visited: Port Said; Aden; Colombo; Singapore; Darwin; Manila; Hong-Kong; Macau; Suez Canal; Dublin; Glasgow; El Ferrol; Kiel; La Coruña; Amsterdam and Oslo.
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The stern section of the Corvette wreck was torn away from the rest of the ship during a winter storm. The stern now lies roughly 80m away from the rest of the ship, forming a new smaller dive site. The sheer forces involved are a stunning example of the power of the sea.