Brazilian Navy’s Newest Helicopter Carrier PHM Atlântico Arrives in Country’s Waters, Embarks First Helicopters

The Brazilian Navy’s newest helicopter carrier PHM Atlântico (A140) has arrived in Brazilian waters and has embarked its first helicopters. The vessel is due to arrive at its homeport, Arsenal do Rio de Janeiro (AMRJ) shortly.

Brazil purchased the multipurpose helicopter carrier, formerly HMS Ocean (L12),  for £84 million from UK after the Royal Navy decommissioning it after 20 years of service. She was upgraded and refitted by Babcock and BAE Systems before being transferred to the Brazilian Navy.

The vessel was renamed as PHM Atlântico and was commissioned into the Navy fleet during a ceremony at the Royal Navy’s Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth, UK on June 29.

Atlântico will add important amphibious capabilities and naval operations with embarked helicopters to the Brazilian Navy, allowing it to maintain the safety of the South Atlantic and the defense of the country’s maritime interests across the globe.

The helicopter carrier package for Brazil included an Artisan 3D search radar, KH1007 surface surveillance radar system, four 30 mm DS30M Mk 2 remote weapon systems and four Mk 5B landing craft. However, the three original 20 mm Mk 15 Block 1B Phalanx close-in weapon systems (CIWS), the torpedo defence systems and 7.62 mm M134 machine guns were removed from the ship before its transfer to Brazil.

PHM (Porta-Helicópteros Multipropósito, multi purpose helicopter carrier) Atlântico displaces 21.578 tonnes, is 203.43 m long and has a range of 8,000 nautical miles.

The ship is designed to operate up to seven aircraft on deck and 12 more in its hangar, and can transport 500 to 800 Marines and land them by heli-transport or by sea, thanks to its four landing craft, from a distance of up to 200 miles from the coast (about 321 km).

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