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Portugal eyes acquisition of amphibious ship and advances plans for additional OPVs

30 July 2018
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Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa has announced plans for the local construction of a multipurpose logistics ship for the Portuguese Navy.

Speaking at the naming ceremony of the Viana do Castelo-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) NRP Sines (P363) on 20 July, he said the logistics ship will be built at the yards of privately owned shipbuilder West Sea-Estaleiros Navais.

Six new OPVs are also planned for construction at the same yard, he said. Portugal currently operates three OPVs and a fourth is being completed.

The two acquisitions projects will be inserted into first review of the country’s Military Programming Law 2015–2026, which is planned for release in late 2018, sources said.

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