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Brazil seeks to sell former aircraft carrier

26 September 2019
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The Brazilian state-controlled company Empresa Gerencial de Projetos Navais (EMGEPRON) intends to issue a tender on 27 September to sell the hull of former Brazilian Navy aircraft carrier NAe São Paulo (A12), for a minimum of BRL5.3 million (USD1.3 million).

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During its service for the Brazilian Navy, NAe São Paulo spent 206 days at sea and sailed 85.344 km. The ship, which is moored at the state-controlled shipyard Arsenal de Marinha do Rio de Janeiro (AMRJ), was decommissioned on 22 November 2018.

The 205 m-long NAe São Paulo , formerly the FS Foch (R99) was commissioned from the French Navy on 15 November 2000 to replace NAeL Minas Gerais (A11).

Brazil had planned to modernise the ship as part of the project Obtenção da Capacidade Operacional Plena, with upgrades slated for communications, a search radar system, propulsion systems, power generation equipment, an aircraft catapult, and aircraft-landing systems. But the cost estimates proved too costly and technically difficult to complete, and the modernisation was formally abandoned in February 2017.

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