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PM announces six Portuguese-built ocean patrol ships for the Navy

navalexcercisePortugal’s Prime Minister, António Costa, has announced that seven new ships are to be built for the Navy at the Viana do Castelo shipyards,.

The PM announced the spend at the official launch of a new oceanic patrol ship in Sines.

Costa said that the increase in the number of the ships for the Navy, represents "a day of congratulations to the Portuguese shipbuilding and ship repair industry," which confirms the "vitality of the shipyards of Viana do Castelo and honours its long activity.”

António Costa stressed that "the technology used was developed in Portugal and is at the level of the best in the world," and thus "a very happy example of what we intend to do to strengthen our Armed Forces."

This investment is part of Portugal’s commitment to strengthen her Armed Forces in agreement with NATO.

Six of the seven are ocean patrol vessels which will join ‘Viana do Castelo’ and ‘Figueira da Foz’ already being used by the Navy. This boosted capability will enable Portugal to mark a presence in the Açores-Madeira-mainland triangle. Each ocean patrol ship costs about €60 million. A logistic vessel also will be built.

The construction of these ships will be at the Portuguese shipyards, thus, "every euro invested will become effective for three reasons - we will strengthen national defence, the scientific system and the industrial fabric," said Costa.

The new ocean patrol vessels will replace the ‘João Coutinho’ and ‘Baptista de Andrade’ corvettes and enable the Navy to take a full part in search and rescue, surveillance of Portugal’s sea area, and will “ensure Portugal's use of its sea in a sustainable, prosperous and secure manner.”

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-2 #14 Ed 2018-07-23 21:45
Quoting Denby:
It seems if you have anything positive to say about Portugal, it will be treated with negativity.
For example check out my comment #2, and check out the amount of minus's something that was not offensive.


Possibly because the budget at Viana do Castelo is €60 million for each for each ocean patrol ship, not for the lot.
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0 #13 Denby 2018-07-23 21:42
It seems if you have anything positive to say about Portugal, it will be treated with negativity.
For example check out my comment #2, and check out the amount of minus's for something that was not offensive.
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-1 #12 DJ Suki 2018-07-23 15:18
Quoting Denby:
Denis p,
[quote name="Dennis.P"]Hmm ... still not entirely sure whether Denby - ADN's regular winner of Republican Nationalist of the Month.

Denis p,
O dear, when one turns to name calling (see #4) you realise that you have hit a sore point.


Denby, are you a Troll by any chance?
Just wondered.
If not, you should be. You’d make a very good Troll based on your multifarious contrary postings on ADN.
DJ Suki says, it takes one to know one .......
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+2 #11 Daphne 2018-07-23 10:49
Ed : my comment was based on something my brother in law, a US Tank soldier, said years ago after NATO manouevers. He had noticed that German tanks do not 'do corners', as its a Blitzkreig invasion and French tanks have an odd 'bunny hop'. As I recall like line dancing - two steps forward, one back then the hop. He rattled off one or two other European NATO allies, based on national characteristics but I cannot truthfully say if Portuguese tank driving got mentioned. I stand by my liking snappy white outfits, lots of gold braid and a firm jaw.
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+1 #10 AL 2018-07-23 09:59
Quoting Daphne:
Is there any information on the specification? Are these ships entirely 'defensive', only protecting themselves and just for looking good.

Read the article!!
You are criticising a nation's navy that sailed around the world more than 500 years ago and were pioneers in some of the navigational instruments of that era.
As the article reports "the technology used was developed in Portugal and is at the level of the best in the world".
But if you any have evidence that this article is not correct, please let us know.
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+1 #9 dw 2018-07-22 17:38
Strange how austerity doesn't apply to military spending. Is there some increased threat to Portuguese waters? An armada on its way? Why can't the money instead be spent on something useful like full time professional firefighters?
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-1 #8 Ed 2018-07-22 07:46
Quoting Daphne:
Is there any information on the specification? Are these ships entirely 'defensive', only protecting themselves and just for looking good. The crews impressing the girls on-shore in snappy white outfits. Also being a Portuguese designed ship just how many reverse gears and hence speed going backwards? Apparently Italian tanks for many years have only had one, very slow - almost imperceptible, forward gear and half a dozen speeds in reverse.

This is shamefully inappropriate... the Portuguese bit, not the Italians...
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+1 #7 Daphne 2018-07-22 07:28
Is there any information on the specification? Are these ships entirely 'defensive', only protecting themselves and just for looking good. The crews impressing the girls on-shore in snappy white outfits. Also being a Portuguese designed ship just how many reverse gears and hence speed going backwards? Apparently Italian tanks for many years have only had one, very slow - almost imperceptible, forward gear and half a dozen speeds in reverse.
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-8 #6 Denby 2018-07-22 00:47
Denis p,
[quote name="Dennis.P"]Hmm ... still not entirely sure whether Denby - ADN's regular winner of Republican Nationalist of the Month.

Denis p,
O dear, when one turns to name calling (see #4) you realise that you have hit a sore point.
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+4 #5 Martin Trubshaw 2018-07-21 17:29
At a time when there is wide spread cynicism at corruption and cronyism and such like in EU member states it is re-assuring that one, Portugal, has shown us all how a bidding process for military contracts should be carried out. An impartial, entirely independent team of Portuguese scrutineers reviewed all the bids from the Portugal's and chose the Portugal most likely to meet delivery dates, quality standards and price. With the bonus that they better understand the Portuguese language and business culture. None of the other Portugal's meeting these requirements. I for one will sleep better tonight knowing that, at last, the EU is getting a grip on procurement for the new EU Army.
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