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A straight translation from the DN

The surrender of the coastal patrol vessel ‘Zaire’ is due tomorrow, and the Region receives the latest naval unit of the Navy, the ‘Douro’ ship, for a commission in the Navy’s naval device in the Maritime Zone of Madeira, where it will remain until the end of October 2017.

During the mission, the ship will be engaged in various tasks, including search and rescue at sea, surveillance and patrolling of sovereignty and national jurisdiction spaces, maritime surveillance, support to the local Maritime Authority and support to the Institute of Forests and Conservation Nature, especially in the Selvagens Islands.

The vessel, commanded by First Lieutenant Vacas de Carvalho, is the second of four vessels acquired from Denmark. The ship arrived in Portugal on April 28, 2015 and was increased to the number of Navy vessels on May 12 of this year. It has, however, been modernized in the Arsenal do Alfeite, SA (AA) shipyards, which has resulted in the progressive replacement of the current Cacine-class patrol vessels, which have been in service for more than 40 years.

The ‘Douro’ is a vessel destined to operate alongside coastal zones in surveillance, patrol, defense, control and supervision of maritime areas under sovereignty, jurisdiction and national responsibility, being essentially directed to safety functions and state authority at sea .

This new class of ships serves the Navy’s standard naval device in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, reinforces its capacity to respond to maritime search and rescue situations, contributes to the maritime surveillance effort, and ships of this class are prepared to support Regional civil protection in situations of calamity or natural disasters, in addition to the usual cooperation with other departments of the State with competence at sea.