Portugal Orders Another Six Viana do Castelo Class OPVs

May 21, 2021 – The Government approved, on the 20th of May, in the Council of Ministers, a Resolution that authorizes the acquisition of six new Ocean Patrol Ships (NPO), of the «Viana do Castelo» class, intended for the Portuguese Navy missions.

This structuring project represents an opportunity for the Defense industry, increasing the activity of Portuguese and European companies that supply Defense products, services and technologies or for dual use. The management of the NPO acquisition program, in conjunction with the Portuguese Navy and the DGRDN, is assigned to IdD – Portugal Defense, SA

The program for the acquisition of six new Ocean Patrol Ships is one of the structuring projects of the 2019 Military Programming Law and involves 352 million euros. The NPOs will be delivered to the Navy between 2023 and 2029.

“Today is the day of the Navy and by happy coincidence we can today announce the decision to acquire six more Ocean Patrol Ships”, said the Minister of National Defense, João Gomes Cravinho, at the end of the meeting of the Council of Ministers that took place at the Palace of Ajuda, in Lisbon.

The Minister explained that the “program starts now, in 2021, and will continue until 2029”, with the delivery of the first ship scheduled for “the end of 2023” and the rest to be delivered annually until 2029.

The Minister also defended that this will be “an important stimulus for the defense industries”, which “represent qualified jobs, also represent an important contribution to GDP and exports” and “have a significant multiplier effect for the economy”.

João Gomes Cravinho considers that “the ships are naturally military ships and, therefore, intended for the control of the maritime space under Portuguese jurisdiction, but they also have high capacities for dual use, for civil use, namely for search and rescue, for fisheries control, to fight pollution, to fight drug trafficking or other illegal trafficking ”.

The acquisition of six new NPOs will reinforce the Patrol and Inspection capacity, guaranteeing the control of maritime spaces under national sovereignty and jurisdiction and the fulfillment of international commitments assumed by the Portuguese State, in the context of safeguarding human life at sea and the search and rescue maritime.

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