D. Francisco de Almeida frigate: 3,000 tons of strength and grace
The February edition of the Portuguese magazine Revista de Marinha presents a report focusing the newly-received D. Francisco de Almeida frigate from the Bartolomeu Dias class. This two-ship class comprises two former 3,000-ton Dutch Karel Doorman frigates. It has replaced the João Belo class, whose the last two ships are now serving with the Uruguayan Navy.
The reports is based on a visit made on May during the Navy Day in the city of Portimão and is followed by a short report focusing the delivery of the first ship of the Viana do Castelo class, a Portuguese project for an oceanic Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV).