Aircraft carrier Sao Paulo (A 12) will not be decommissioned and is undergoing repairs, Admiral Eduardo Leal Ferreira, commander of the Brazilian Navy, said at the National Bureau of Asian Research on 26 September.
The carrier is being repaired by Embraer and "we are working with DCNS [Direction dês Constructions Navales et Services] to find a technical solution to have its propulsion system renewed", Adm Ferreira said in response to IHS Jane's questions about the vessel's status. The carrier's catapult also reportedly has issues.
Adm Ferreira said Sao Paulo is third on the navy's list of priorities, after the Submarine Development Program (Programa de Desenvolvimiento de Submarinos: PROSUB) and the fleet's corvettes.
He also said the carrier's "hull is in perfect condition". On 5 November 2015, IHS Jane's reported that cracks may have been found in the hull, but the Brazilian Navy at the time said the assessment was unfounded.
Sao Paulo , formerly Clemenceau-class carrier Foch in French naval service, was acquired by Brazil in 2000 to replace NAeL Minas Gerais (A 11), but its operational activity has seriously decreased in recent years.
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