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POS Corte Real (F 332)

The Portuguese Navy frigate NRP Corte Real (F 332) participates in a pass and review during the North Atlantic Council at Sea Day on July 10th, 2009.

The Vasco da Gama-class is a class of frigates of the Portuguese Navy. Named in honor of the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, the ships are based on the German MEKO 200 design, and are Portugal's major surface ships. Portugal operates three ships of this class, which were built in Hamburg by Blohm + Voss (B&V) and by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) in Kiel, using modular construction techniques.

The project for the construction of four frigates of this class was authorized by the Portuguese Government in 1985, five years after the request of the Portuguese Navy for the acquisition of new surface ships. According to Conway's, 60% of the funding for these ships came from Allied Pact military aid. Similar ships have been built for the navies of Greece, Turkey, Australia and New Zealand.

SpecificationsEdit

  • Type: Multirole Frigate
  • Service Period: 1991-
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 466 feet (142.04 meters)
    • Beam: 49 feet (14.94 meters)
    • Draught: 20 feet (6.1 meters)
    • Displacement: 3,270.4 tons (Standard); 3,584 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 180 (19 officers, 40 petty-officers, 102 enlisted, 13 air crew, 6 boarding team)
  • Propulsion: CODOG propulsion, 2 x General Electric LM2500 gas turbines (38MW each), 2 x MTU 20V 956 TB92 diesel-engines (8.14MW each), 2 x shafts, controllable pitch propellors
  • Range: 4,000 nautical miles (7,408 kilometers) at 18 knots (33.34 km/h)
  • Speed: 32 knots (59.26 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • Thales DA08 D-Band Air Search RDF x 1
    • Thales MW08 F-Band Air/Surface Search RDF x 1
    • Thales STIR 180 Fire Control RDF x 2
    • Atlas Elektronik 9600 ARPA Navigation RDF
    • AN/SQS-510 Hull ASDIC
  • Countermeasures:
    • APECS II/700 ESM x 1
    • Sea Gnat Decoy System
  • Armament:
    • 1 x Otobreda 127mm/54-caliber Compact naval gun
    • 1 x 8-cell Mk.32 missile launcher (fires Thunderbolt AAMs)
    • 2 x 4-cannister Broadsword AShM launchers
    • 2 x 12.75" triple torpedo tubes
    • 1 x 30mm Goalkeeper CIWS
  • Aircraft Carried: 2 x Westland Super Lynx Mk.95 maritime helicopters
  • Aviation Facilties: Flight Deck and Enclosed Hangar for two helicopters

Unit RunEdit

  • NRP Vasco da Gama (F330)
  • NRP Álvares Cabral (F331)
  • NRP Corte-Real (F332)
  • NRP Pêro Escobar (F333)

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