Three BAE Systems Vessels have been handed over to the Brazilian Navy after a ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Base yesterday.
Guests from the Brazilian Navy and UK Royal Navy watched as the ships's company raised the ensign for the first time - marking the handover of the Brazilian Navy's newest vessel.
Mick Ord, Managing Director of BAE Systems Maritime - Naval Ships business, said: "We are extremely proud to deliver ARAGUARI. She is a highly capable ship. and with her sister ships. will be a great asset to the Brazilian Navy."
ARAGUARI is the final vessel to be handed over to the Brazilian Navy, with the first, AMAZONAS, completed in June 2012 and the second, APA, in November 2012.
– Francisco Deiana, Brazilian Navy's Director of Naval Engineering
The three AMAZONAS class units make up an important contribution to both our ability to provide security, safety and protection to the Brazil’s Jurisdictional Waters and to deliver our commitments to the Brazilian Maritime Authority.
ARAGUARI, the third and last vessel, together with her sisters are no doubt a very important asset to the Brazilian Navy’s inventory and is a clear indication of a very good relationship that has been developed between the Brazilian Navy and BAE Systems.”
HMS Edinburgh will finally bow out of service today after 40years working across the globe.
The ship will take part in a decommissioning ceremony atPortsmouth Naval Base where the White Ensign flag will be lowered for the last time.
The ceremony is to be attended by hundreds of guests and HMS Edinburgh’s sponsor, Lady Heseltine, who launched the ship in 1983.
All 270 of the ship’s company will be on parade as the RAF Typhoon, Sea Fury and RN Historic Flight will perform a flypast.
HMS Edinburgh is the last of the Royal Navy’s fleet of Type 42 destroyers as they have been phased out for the successor Type 45 warships.