Angola has acquired seven “Macaé” patrol ships from Brazil as part of the Angolan Naval Development Programme (Pronaval), said the chief of staff of the Angolan Navy, Admiral Augusto Cunha “Gugu” in Brasilia.
The Admiral also told Angolan news agency Angop that under the memorandum signed by the Ministries of Defence of both countries that of the seven 500-ton patrol vessels, four would be built in Brazil and three in Angola, specifically in the province of Kwanza Sul.
Augusto Cunha said the, “memorandum will evolve into a contract to build ships for the Navy and also to support construction of a shipyard.”
“Macaé” class patrol vessels are versatile, suitable for surveillance and policing, navigation control and pollution, search and rescue, combatting drug trafficking, smuggling and illegal fishing and support to military operations.
The Brazilian Navy will also contribute to the training of Angolan crews, as well as the construction of a military shipyard in Angola.
On June 11, 1980 Angola and Brazil signed a general agreement on economic, cultural and technical-scientific cooperation, which was the basis for the development of the relationship between the two countries. (macauhub/AO/BR)