Frigate - Hermenegildo Capelo
The "Frigate Ex-NRP Hermenegildo Capelo" with NATO designation F481 started construction in 1966 at the Compagnie des Ateliers et Forges de la Loire shipyard in Nantes, the ship has seven levels and more than 300 compartments, having the effective entry date to the Portuguese Armed Forces on April 1968. The Hermenegildo Capelo Frigate had 164 crewmembers.
Electronic combat equipment: Air Warning Radar; Surface Radar; Shot Direction Radar; Navigation Radar and Sonar. Armaments/Equipment: 2x 100mm units; 2x 40mm units; 6 torpedo launchers and 2x chaff launchers. In the 1980s the Frigate was modernised in various ways, in particular the installation of ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) equipment and infrastructure that would allow for female sailors on board. The "Hermenegildo Capelo" was the first Portuguese Navy ship to take on female sailors - 15 Servicewomen.
Over the course of almost 30 years, the ship sailed for approximately 40,000 hours, the equivalent to four and a half years at sea and among all missions, the "Hermenegildo Capelo" crossed the Equator almost 60 times. After 37 years of service the Frigate retired in 2004.
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