PHM Atlantico, formerly HMS Ocean, arrived at her new home port Rio de Janeiro on August 25th.
The signing of the contract between Brazil and the United Kingdom for the acquisition of HMS Ocean took place on the 19th of February 2018 on board the vessel.
HMS Ocean was decommissioned on 27 March 2018 in Plymouth.
Then, on June the 29th, 2018, the Ship Weapons Show Ceremony was held at the Her Majesty’s Naval Base in Devonport, Plymouth, UK and on August 1, 2018, PHM Atlântico started her journey to her new home port in Rio de Janeiro, with a stopover in Lisbon, Portugal.
According to the Brazilian Navy website:
“The ship will add to the Brazilian Navy important amphibious capabilities and naval operations with embedded helicopters to maintain the safety of the South Atlantic and the defense of the country’s maritime interests anywhere on the planet.
Designed to operate with up to seven aircraft in its convoy and 12 in the hangar, it can transport 500 to 800 Marines Operational Groups and design them by helidransport or surface movements, employing its four landing craft, from a distance of up to 200 miles from the coast (about 321 km).“
More information about the vessels new career can be followed through the official pages of the Brazilian Navy on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter but that’s about it for the coverage of this versatile vessel from the UK Defence Journal, she’s in new hands now.