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Photo byJuly 2013. Sevastopol. Photo by A. Andreev.

Country: Brazil.
Class, [Type]: Niteroi, [FFG].
Homeport: Niteroi.

Callsign: PWCO ( Papa Whiskey Charlie Oscar )

Builder: Vosper Thornycroft Ltd, U.K.
Laid down date: 13 March 1974.
Launch date: 15 April 1976.
Commission date: 31 March 1978.

Displacement ( tons ): 3200 standard, 3700 full load.
Dimensions ( metres ): 129,2 x 13,5 x 5,5.
Main machinery: CODOG: 2 x Rolls-Royce Olympus TM 3B gas turbines ( 50900 hp ), 4 x MTU 16V956 TB91 diesels ( 15000 hp ).
Speed ( knots ): 30.
Range ( miles ): 5300 at 17 knots.
Complement: 209 ( 22 officers ).

Guns: 1 x 1 114mm Mk8, 2 x 1 Bofors 40mm Mk3.
Military lift: 4000 t cargo.
Missiles: SSM: 2 x 2 MM40 Exocet; SAM: 1 x 8 Albatros.
Torpedoes: 2 x 3 324mm Mk32 ( Mk46 Mod5 ).
AS/Weapons: 1 x 2 375mm mortars Bofors.

Radar: Air/Surface: RAN-20S; Surface: Terma Scanter-4100; Navigation: Furuno F-194 Mk2; Fire Control: 2 x RTN-30X.
Sonar: EDO 997F.
Countermeasures: Decoys: 2 x 12 105mm IPQM/Elebra MDLS.
Helicopter: 1 x Lynx AH-11A.

Year of visit the Black Sea:  2013

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