Explore the history of each vessel
The OLIVEIRA e CARMO Corvette
Ex-NRP Oliveira e Carmo F489 Corvette, Planned as reinforcement to Portuguese Navy presence in the waters of ex-Portuguese colonies, it is the last of the corvettes acquired in the 1970s. With the end of the colonial war, the original objective it was used for became a mission without meaning and since then, the corvette was put into service as an oceanic escort vessel under the scope of NATO and, later on, as a patrol ship in Portuguese waters.
The ZAMBEZE Patrol Ship
EX-NRP Zambeze P1147 Patrol Ship, In 1973 it set off for Cape Verde for an Overseas Mission. It carried out several missions in the North, Central, South and Madeira maritime zones, with occasional voyages to the Canary Islands archipelago. It docked at several ports, where its dignified presence brought prestige to the Portuguese Navy.
The COMANDER HERMENEGILDO CAPELO Frigate
Ex-NRP Hermenegildo Capelo F481 Frigate, The only surviving vessel of its class in Portugal, it was acquired in the 1960s to carry out sovereignty missions in the waters around Africa and the Far East. It crossed the equator around 60 times and was the first ship in the Portuguese Navy to take on female crewmembers.
The ALMEIDA CARVALHO Oceanographic Vessel
Ex-NRP Almeida de Carvalho A527 Oceanographic Vessel, Build to operate in waters with floating ice, the ship was acquired to meet the needs of the Portuguese Armed Forces and to assist the Hydrographical Institute [Instituto Hidrográfico] in its aims between 1972 and 2002. Its design rooms and laboratories were used for important oceanographic work.