NRP Viana do Castelo Ocean Patrol Ship (NPO) departs this afternoon towards the Autonomous Region of the Azores, where it will arrive on December 29, to carry out a mission in the region during the next 3 months.
Viana do Castelo is one of several naval units that permanently assures the Navy’s search and rescue device in the Azores region, supports the regional civil protection agencies in case of calamity or natural catastrophe and carries out surveillance actions, patrols and maritime surveillance, with special emphasis on reserve areas and marine protected areas and Community flag vessels operating outside the 100-mile zone of the Azores Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
At the same time, the vessel provides permanent support to the Local Maritime Authority in the various areas of institutional intervention of the Maritime Authority.
The Navy’s mission thus contributes permanently to the safety of seafarers and to the protection of the valuable marine ecosystem of the Azores, as well as to the sustainability of natural resources for future generations, mitigating and dissuading any attempts to exploit resources unduly.
The vessel will also be involved in the monitoring of potential scientific research vessels that may be operating in the region without the proper authorization of the Portuguese State.