The Brazilian Navy has issued a request for information for a support vessel that will assist the nation's Antarctic operations, according to a recent announcement in the Brazilian government's Diário Oficial da União (DOU).
Brazil's Antarctic campaigns (OPERANTAR) are primarily carried out by polar vessel Almirante Maximiano (H-41) and oceanographic vessel Ary Rongel (H-44). Maxiamiao was launched in 1974 and acquired by the navy in 2008, while Rongel was launched in 1981 and acquired in 1994. It is unclear if either vessel will be decommissioned when the new vessel is acquired or if either or both will continue to operate in some type of auxiliary capacity.
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