Zambeze Patrol Ship - Ocean Revival
OCEAN PATROL EX-NRP ZAMBEZE P1147
10 ships including the "Zambeze" were built for coastal and river patrol operations in Africa. All the ships of this class were named after African and Indian rivers from former Portuguese colonies. The ships are the next technological step up from LFGs - Large Inspection Ships of the "Argos" class, built between 1964 and 1965.
Launched: October 31st 1971. The Navy Minister, the Chief of the EMA and Superintendents from the Personnel and Materials Services attended the ceremony, among other general and superior officials, local civil and military authorities.
Taken into active Armed Forces service: July 20th 1972. The act that made this official was overseen by Director of Shipbuilding, Commodore Rogério de Oliveira, various Armed Forces officials and, representing Mondego Shipyards, Dr. Álvaro Malafaia and Engineer Joaquim Bessa.
Retired: September 2003 (Ordinance 1168/03, 17th September). The ceremony, on September 25th, together with the "Limpopo" NRP, was overseen Naval Commander, Vice-Admiral Silva Santos and took place at the Lisbon Naval Base. Of its class, only four ships are still in service.
Disarmed: September 25th, 1975
Scrapped: November 15th, 2006 (Ordinance 1821/2006, 8th of November)
Years of service: 31
NATO Designation: P 1147
Crew: 33 crewmembers
Construction: Mondego Shipyards, Figueira da Foz
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