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The Portuguese Navy Today and projection for near future:


Vasco da Gama Class, 3 ships of the Meko 200PN type,

F 330 - Vasco da Gama , comissioned 1990

F 331 - Álvares Cabral , comissioned 1991

F 332 - Corte Real , comissioned 1991

Álvares Cabral.jpg

Bartolomeu Dias Class (Dutch Karel Doorman) - 2 ships

F 333 - Bartolomeu Dias (ex- F833 HrMs Van Nes), comissioned 16th January 2009

F 334 - D. Francisco de Almeida (ex- F834 HrMs Van Galen), comissioned 15th January 2010

F333 com bandeira portuguesa.jpg



(downgraded to OPV missions)

João Coutinho Class - 6 ships originally, 2 operational

F471 António Enes

F476 Jacinto Cândido

F477 Pereira d'Eça (decomissioned)

F475 João Coutinho (decomissioned August 2O15)

João Coutinho.jpg

Baptista de Andrade Class (improved João Coutinho) - 3 ships, originally 4, 1 operational

F486 Baptista de Andrade (decomissioned April 2O16)

F487 João Roby

F488 Afonso Cerqueira (decomissioned 2O15)

(the corvettes are planed to be phased out and replaced by the NPOs Viana do Castelo)



Sub2.jpg Tridente1.jpg Tridente2.jpg NRP TRIDENTE 2010-08-02 © Luís Miguel Correia 5171.JPG

New Class Type U-209PN (in reality they are U-214)

Under Construction , at HDW Shipyards-Germany, to join Fleet in 2010 and 2011

S 160 - NRP Tridente (provisional hand-over @ 17th June 2010 , arrived at Lisbon Naval Base @ 2nd August 2010)

S 161 - NRP Arpão ( arrived at Lisbon Naval Base @ 30th April 2011)


A5210 NRP Bérrio (ex-HMS Blue Rover)


(photo used by permission of author, Pedro Baptista)






Viana do Castelo Class

P 360 - Viana do Castelo (comissioned 31st December 2010)

P 361 - Figueira da Foz (unknown date for joining fleet)

P 362 - ? - Ordered

P 363 - ? - Ordered

recent photo https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/286080/title/nrp-viana-do-castelo-p/cat/519

Tejo Class - Stanflex 3OO type

Tejo P59O.jpg

related articles http://www.janes.com/article/51556/first-sf300-patrol-boat-for-portugal-arrives http://www.janes.com/article/60056/portugal-inducts-first-modernised-patrol-ship

P 59O - Tejo (comissioned April 2O16)

P 591 - Douro (under refit, expected to join fleet late 2O16)

P 592 - "Mondego" (under refit, expected to join fleet late 2O17)

P 593 - "Guadiana" (under refit expected to join fleet late 2O17)

Former Danish Stanflex 3OO vessesl that are expected to replace the old Cacine still in service (3 units) and the A521 Schultz Xavier auxiliary vessel also used in patrol misisons


Albacora Class SS (originally 4 ships: Albacora d. 2000, Barracuda, Cachalote [to Pakistan 1975 as Ghazi] , Delfim d. 2005) Sub.jpg

S 164 - NRP Barracuda

(decommisioned January 2010)

João Belo Class - 2 ships , originally 4

(Based on french Cmt Riviere, but built specifically for Portugal )

Joao belo 02.jpg

F480- Comandante João Belo* / Sold to Uruguay, Official Transfer on 8th April 2008, renamed ROU-01 URUGUAY

F483- Comandante Sacadura Cabral*/ Sold to Uruguay, Official Transfer on 8th April 2008, renamed ROU-02 CTE PEDRO CAMPBELL


F481- Comandante Hermenegildo Capelo - Decommisioned April 2004, in Alfeite, waiting scrap

F482 - Comandante Roberto Ivens - Decommisioned 1998, after colision, scrapped

The original Configuration of these frigates included a ASW 305mm Mortar ahead of the bridge and a 3rd 100mm Creuseot-Loire gun astern

Links Of Interest[edit]

Official PN Site:


Unofficial site with plenty of data concerning the fleet:


Written by Member P44