The guns on HMS Ocean, including her Phalax CIWS fit, will not be transferred to Brazil it has been confirmed.
We broke the news in March that Brazil was interested in helicopter carrier HMS Ocean, this has now been confirmed by the Brazilian government. Then in April, we reported that the Brazilian Navy had reportedly sent a proposal to pay for helicopter carrier HMS Ocean in instalments.
Then in January this year, we were able to confirm the sale and reported on claims that We also understand that there were doubts over the retention of the Phalanx CIWS by Brazil.
The information came to light when Kevan Jones Labour MP for North Durham asked in a written parliamentary question:
“To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether (a) Phalanx CIWS and (b) light gun mounts on board HMS OCEAN will be donated to Queen Elizabeth class carriers or other Royal Navy vessels once that vessel is decommissioned.”
Guto Bebb, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence, answered:
“The Phalanx Close-In Weapon System and light gun mounts, (which I have taken to refer to mini gun and general purpose machine gun mountings) on board HMS OCEAN will remain in the Ministry of Defence inventory to be allocated to Royal Navy ships as determined by operational requirements.”
The Phalanx CIWS radar-controlled gun system provides “last chance” defence for ships against anti-ship missiles and aircraft. It automatically detects, tracks and engages anti-air warfare threats such as anti-ship missiles and aircraft. It features a 20mm M-61A1cannon, search and track radar and FLIR in the Block 1B model. To date, the United States Navy and 20 other nations have purchased more than 850 Phalanx systems.