NRP Viana do Castelo and the Azores Maritime Zone Command Patrol

Google Translation In this operation, the Navy was involved through NRP Viana do Castelo and the Azores Maritime Zone Command, with its Command Post that provided the ship in real time with the whole panorama in the mission area. The main objective of the mission developed in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Azores was the monitoring of Community vessels operating between 180 and 200 miles to prevent illegal fishing activity, in order to guarantee the preservation of species and habitats present . Thus, the maritime inspections focused on…

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NRP Viana do Castelo Supports Research in Azores

Google Translation This research vessel is carrying out an oceanographic campaign, in the framework of the mapping of the Azores’ frontal system by means of a Conductivity Temperature Depth (CTD) and scan fish (CTD towed), in the national EEZ about 110 miles southeast of the island of S. Maria, authorized by the Portuguese State during the period from March 10 to April 1, 2017. The Azorean frontal system is an area defined by the transition between the cold waters of the Atlantic and the warm waters of the subtropical and…

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NRP Viana do Castelo Visits Corvo Island

Google Translation In Corvo Island, the ship remained in the port house’s anchorage, receiving on board students, teachers and auxiliary education from the Mouzinho da Silveira Elementary and Secondary School, the Mayor of the Municipality, José Manuel Alves da Silva, as well as other visits that had interest in knowing the NRP Viana do Castelo. In Flores Island the ship remained moored in the port of Lajes and was open to visitors. During the period of navigation in the Western Group Islands, the patrol and surveillance, in coordination with the…

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NRP Viana do Castelo Assists in Trials With New Pico da Barrosa Marine Comms Center

Google Translation The Potuguese Navy, through the Communications Center of the Azores and with the support of the oceanic patrol vessel “Viana do Castelo”, on a mission in the Autonomous Region of the Azores, held on January 16 and 17, 2018, coverage tests and quality assessment of the new coastal communications station of Pico da Barrosa, built in December 2017. This station, built to replace the old Navy VHF radio communications network, adds new communications features such as GMDSS-DSC (Digital Selective Calling), thus contributing to improving the safety of coastal…

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NRP Viana do Castelo Azores Patrol January 15 to 17

This operation involved the Navy, through the commitment of NRP Viana do Castelo and the operating room of the Command of the Maritime Zone of the Azores, in close liaison with the Maritime Authority, which provided in real time to the ship the whole panorama of the presence of ships in the mission area. The main objective of the mission developed in the Azores EEZ was to prevent illegal fishing activities, in order to guarantee the preservation of the species and habitats present, as well as the monitoring of merchant…

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NRP Viana do Castelo Deploys for Azores Patrol

Google Translation 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…

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NRP Viana do Castelo Patrolling off coast of Lampedusa

The ship is currently in the Mediterranean Sea, sailing off the coast of Lampedusa. On board the NRP Viana do Castelo follows a Portuguese representation of two inspectors from the Aliens and Borders Service (SEF) and two Italian elements, the Finance Guard and the Coast Guard. The NPO Viana do Castelo has a garrison made up of 53 military personnel, which includes a Marine Corps security and approach team, a team of divers and a medical team. The ship is also prepared to carry out mass migrations of migrants from…

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5 + 5 Group of Navies Terrorism Drills

Google Translation The 5 + 5 group comprises the Mauritanian, Moroccan, Algerian, Libyan and Tunisian Maghreb countries, and the Mediterranean basin countries, including Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Malta. In the annual exercise of 5 + 5, there are marine and air assets from Algeria, Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Morocco and several international observers. the Navy and the Air Force of those countries. Portugal will participate with the Portuguese Republic Vessel (NRP) Viana do Castelo. The exercise covers scenarios of maritime terrorism and irregular migration flows from climate change. Provision…

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