The Portuguese Navy officially withdrew its João Coutinho-class corvette NRP Jacinto Candido (F 476) from service on 15 November.
The decommissioning leaves just two remaining corvettes in service: the Baptista de Andrade-class ship NRP João Roby (F 487) and João Coutinho-class corvette NRP António Enes (F 471).
The 1970s-vintage João Coutinho- and Baptista de Andrade-class corvettes are being progressively replaced by locally built Viana do Castelo-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). Three OPVs have entered service since 2011 - NRP Viana do Castelo (P 360), NRP Figueira da Foz (P 361), and NRP Sines (P 362), while a fourth, NRP Setúbal (P363), is scheduled to commission in January.
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