THE crew of the offshore patrol vessel ‘Araguari’, which recently arrived at Walvis Bay from Brazil, hosted invited guests on board the vessel on Friday.
The Brazilian navy vessel, that departed from Natal, Brazil, on 10 January, is on its way to Luanda, Angola, to participate in the multinational exercise Obangame Express 2023.
The exercise aims to foster training to enable the participating countries to provide maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea through the simulation of exercises to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, pollution, and piracy and to assist ships in distress.
The vessel arrived at Walvis Bay on Friday and is expected to leave again today.
It was welcomed to Namibia by the embassy of Brazil’s Gláucio Veloso.
He said the Brazilian navy has historical ties of cooperation with Namibia dating back to the early days of Namibian independence.
“This visit also embodies the spirit of the Brazilian and Namibian foreign policy commitment to a South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone to counter international illicit activities and promote peaceful collaboration among the countries of the South Atlantic Basin,” Veloso said.
The vessel is led by commander Marcio Jorge dos Santos, who entertained members of the Namibian Defence Force, diplomatic personnel, military attachés, Walvis Bay mayor Trevino Forbes, and Swakopmund mayor Dina Namubes, among others.
“Next June, we will celebrate 10 years of good service at sea. During this time, the Araguari has been carrying out a huge number of different missions on Brazilian waters and here along the west coast of Africa.
“We are going to stay here until Monday when we will have some exercises at sea with the Namibian Navy,” he said.
The vessel is 90,5m long.
The ship, which contributes to the monitoring and protection of Brazilian jurisdictional waters, was built to provide surveillance for extensive maritime areas.
Its main mission is to execute maritime patrolling, and conduct search and rescue operations. It also logistically supports installations on oceanic islands and hostage recovery to contribute to conducting military operations.
The vessel is also used during wars, multinational training exercises, disaster relief and humanitarian assistance, security assistance, shows of force, counterdrug operations, and for the safety of life at sea.
It is the third of three vessels from the Amazonas class, which was commissioned to the Brazilian Navy on 21 June 2013 at the Portsmouth naval base in the United Kingdom.