The Brazilian Navy decommissioned the aircraft carrier NAe São Paulo (A12) on 22 November.
The Chantier de l’Atlantique-built ship, formerly the Clemenceau-class FS Foch (R99), had served the French Navy starting on July 1963. The vessel was commissioned on 15 November 2000 into the Brazilian service to replace NAeL Minas Gerais (A11).
During the 18 years in Brazilian Navy service, the ship has been at sea for 206 days and sailed 53,246 n miles.
Brazil announced on 14 February 2017 the intention to decommission NAe São Paulo .
The navy had assessed the benefits of modernising the ship’s search radar, communications, propulsion and power generation equipment, catapult-steam boilers, and other systems, but the service abandoned the plan due to high costs and technical uncertainties.
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