The Brazilian Navy’s newest warship, NPaOc Apa, has been to sea for the first time since the Ocean Patrol Vessel was handed over on 30 November last year. Before leaving the UK towards the end of February the crew will undergo FOST training in Scotland.
During the two-month trip to her base in Rio de Janeiro, Apa will visit Portugal, Spain (Gran Canaria), Mauritania, Senegal, Angola, Namibia, and the Brazilian ports of Rio Grande and Itajai. A third OPV, to be named Araguari, will be handed over in a few months time. With a design based on the RN’s River class OPVs, the Brazilian ships are aptly named after rivers.