Oliveira e Carmo

Corvette Ex-NRP Oliveira e Carmo F489

General Characteristics

Launched: February 5th 1975;

Effective entry date to the Armed Forces: October 28th 1975. At the ceremony for the ship's arrival in Lisbon, on November 16 h, in addition to the presence of individuals from the Spanish Navy, Commanding Officers ECN Pinto Vilela (from the Directorate of Shipbuilding) and Cunha Freitas (naval attaché to the Portuguese Embassy in Madrid);

Retired: 1999. Of its class it is the only ship that was retired although the corvette "Baptista de Andrade", in reserve, is also no longer in active service;

Deactivated: 2000. Removal of ASW equipment, reduction of trim and modernisation of the navigation and communication systems;

Disarmed: March 13th 2002 (Ordinance N.º 547/2002, March 13th);

Scrapped: November 1st 2007 (Ordinance n.º 1037/2007, November 16th 2007);

Years of Service: 24;

Heraldry: coat of arms and standard;

NATO Designation: F 489;

Crew: 107 crewmembers;

Construction: between 1972-1975 in the Empresa Nacional Bazan shipyards in Cartagena;

Class: Baptista de Andrade: Portuguese project from the 1960s, second refurbishment and improvement of the "João Coutinho" class corvettes. 2nd Series of corvettes (six from the "João Coutinho" class and four from the "Baptista de Andrade" class). The "Oliveira e Carmo" is the last of the 10;

4 Ships: "Baptista de Andrade", "João Roby", "Afonso Cerqueira" and "Oliveira e Carmo"; Its ships, due to being equipped for anti-submarine combat and having radars and torpedoes available to them, are more than simple corvettes, they are light frigates. Designed for their presence in the Portuguese Colonial War, the resolution of those conflicts left these ships without a purpose, and they were then put to use as oceanic escort ships under the scope of NATO, and later on, they were disarmed with a reduced level of weaponry, as patrol ships in the exclusive Portuguese economic zone. This type of ship was also sold to Spain, Morocco and Egypt.

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