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Brazil’s new helicopter carrier set to arrive

24 August 2018
The Brazilian multipurpose helicopter carrier PHM Atlantico (A140) is scheduled to arrive in Rio de Janeiro on 25 August. Source: Brazilian Navy

The Brazilian Navy’s newest ship, the multipurpose helicopter carrier PHM Atlantico (A140), is slated to arrive in Rio de Janeiro on 25 August.

Brazil bought the former UK Royal Navy 21,578-tonne, 203 m-long HMS Ocean (L12) for GBP84.6 million (USD108.7 million) on 19 February as part of its strategic ‘Obtaining Full Operational Capability’ programme.

HMS Ocean was decommissioned from Royal Navy service on 27 March and commissioned as PHM Atlantico at HMNB Devonport in Plymouth, UK, on 29 June.

The ship kept some of its original systems and equipment, including its Artisan, KH1008, and KH1007 radars, 30 mm DS30M Mk2 guns and DNA(2) command system, and four Mk5B landing crafts.

However, the 20 mm Phalanx Block 1B close-in weapon systems, datalink systems, satellite communications terminal, electronic support measures system, torpedo defence system, 7.62 mm M134 machine guns, and 130 mm decoy launchers were not transferred.

The ship departed Plymouth on 1 August after completing the Royal Navy’s operational sea training course.

The ship provides the Brazilian Navy with a significant capability to transport troops and equipment as well as to conduct amphibious assault, command-and-control, disaster relief, and humanitarian aid missions. The ship’s ability to operate helicopters will enable maritime aviation missions such as search and rescue, anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare, maritime interdiction, over-sea transport, surveillance, airborne assault, and close air support.

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