Ocean Patrol Vessel “Apa” is Incorporated into the Brazilian Navy

first_imgBy Dialogo December 03, 2012 On November 30, the Ocean Patrol Vessel (OPV) “Apa” was incorporated to the Brazilian Navy during a ceremony presided by Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Fernando Eduardo Studart Wiemer, at the facilities on the Portsmouth Naval Base, in the United Kingdom. The ship was built by BAE Systems Maritime – Naval Ships. The OPV “Apa” owes its name to an important river in Brazil, like the other ships in this Class, such as the “Amazonas,” which was incorporated into the Navy on June 29, 2012, and the “Araguari,” scheduled to be delivered to the Brazilian Navy within the first half of 2013. Construction of the OPV “Apa” started on September 10, 2008, and the keel laying was on February 16, 2009. The vessel sailed for the first time on November 19, 2009, and the construction was finalized in June 2010. The main features of the OPV “Apa” are: Total length: 297 feet Length between perpendiculars: 272 feet Maximum beam: 44.2 feet Sailing draught: 14.7 feet Load displacement: 2,170 tons Maximum speed with 2 MCP: 25 knots Action ratio at 12 knots: 5,500 nautical miles Endurance: 35 days Troop carrying capacity: 51 troops Cargo transportation capacity: 6 containers of 15 tons each Weaponry: one 30-mm cannon, and two 25-mm machine guns Propulsion system: two MAN 16V28/33D 7 350 HP engines Energy generation: three 500 kW CATERPILLAR generators, one 200kW CATERPILLAR generator Crew size: 12 officers, 21 SO/SG and 48 CB/MN The Ocean Patrol Vessel “Apa” was designed and built to meet the need for surveillance of extensive maritime areas. Due to its great endurance and capacity of operating with organic aircrafts (helicopters) and two speedboats, it will contribute to the other ships of the Brazilian Navy during the protection and surveillance of the Blue Amazon. After the incorporation into the Navy, the “Apa” will navigate towards Brazil in the second half of February 2013. In this two-month journey from Portsmouth, in the United Kingdom, the ship will stop in Portugal, Spain (Gran Canarias), Mauritania, Senegal, Angola, and Namibia. Other ports will include Rio Grande (Rio Grande do Sul), Itajai (Santa Catarina), in Brazil. The final destination will be Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the first half of May, 2013. Excellent news for the Brazilians who are concerned about the South Amazon, and the Latin American Navies inter-American defense and cooperation system. We shall wait for the Oceanic Patrol Ship “APA” that soon will arrive at its port in Brazil. May I congratulate the Navy Command for the successful acquirement of this one more ship.Ney de Araripe Sucupira*Member of the Friends of the Navy SocietySão Paulo – Brazillast_img read more

EPL: West Ham stun Chelsea

first_imgRelatedPosts QPR slap N8.1b on Eberechi Eze Fulham join Eberechi Eze race Joe Hart pens two-year deal with Tottenham Chelsea had the first half-chance of the match in the third minute when Emerson Palmieri found space down the left before delivering a low cross into Pedro, but the Spaniard saw his attempt blocked en route to goal.Michail Antonio had been selected through the middle for West Ham as Sebastien Haller dropped out, and the Englishman caused plenty of problems with his pace and power in the early exchanges.The attacker had a big chance to send the Hammers ahead in the seventh minute when he met a cross from Cresswell, but the ball sailed over the crossbar from close range.Chelsea were carrying a threat down the other end, though, and David Martin – making his Premier League debut as Roberto dropped to the bench – had to keep out a strike from Mason Mount in the eighth minute.Frank Lampard’s side were the team on the front foot as the half continued to gather pace, and Martin was again called into action in the 17th minute to keep out a deflected effort from Pedro.Reece James then found the outside of the post with a deflected cross before Kurt Zouma wide of the target moments later with West Ham riding their luck in the capital.The Hammers did have another chance through Antonio in the 25th minute, though, with the attacker’s header from a Robert Snodgrass cross bringing a fine save from Kepa Arrizabalaga between the home side’s sticks.Without Tammy Abraham through injury, Olivier Giroud was given the nod for Chelsea through the middle, and the France international was finding it difficult to win the physical battle against Angelo Ogbonna.The final chance of the first period fell to Chelsea when Giroud reacted first to a loose save from Martin, but the Hammers goalkeeper did really well to deny the Frenchman having also kept out the initial effort from Mateo Kovacic, meaning that the two teams were level at the break.West Ham took the lead in the 48th minute when Cresswell collected a pass from Fornals before working some space inside the Chelsea box and picking out the bottom corner with a wonderful finish.Chelsea had a half-chance just before the hour when Zouma climbed highest inside the penalty box to meet another corner, but the Frenchman’s effort was always dropping wide of the post.West Ham then had two opportunities of their own from corners, first Ogbonna saw his powerful header saved by Kepa before Antonio somehow failed to bundle home from close range from the next set piece.Chelsea responded by making two changes with Willian and N’Golo Kante both introduced in place of Jorginho and Pedro, with the latter fading after making a bright start to the contest.Antonio thought that he had sent West Ham 2-0 ahead in the 68th minute after smart work from Snodgrass, but VAR ultimately disallowed the attacker’s effort for handball, handing Chelsea a huge lifeline.The Blues were struggling to make things happen as the match continued to develop, though, and West Ham’s lead still stood entering the final 10 minutes of action at Stamford Bridge.James tried his luck from distance in the 82nd minute, but the right-back’s effort was always rising over the crossbar with the Hammers still ahead in the capital.Pulisic had the home side’s best chance late on after breaking into the penalty box, but the United States international fired just wide as West Ham held on for a huge win.Next up for Chelsea is a home game against Aston Villa on Wednesday, while West Ham will visit Wolverhampton Wanderers on the same night. Tags: Emerson PalmieriWest Hamlast_img read more

Pallab Das Gives Assam win over Sikkim in Vijay Hazare Cricket Tournament

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Rode on an unbeaten century from opener Pallab Das Assam thrashed Sikkim by 7 wickets in the Vijay Hazare Cricket Tournament match in Dehradun today. Chasing 177 runs to win Assam reached the target in 36.4 overs losing three wickets. Earlier a nice spell from Roshan Alam (5-33) helped the winner to bowl out Sikkim 176 runs.Although the target was not so big but Assam struggled during the early stage of their innings as inform opener Sarupam Purkayastha (0) returned into the pavilion without opening his account. Sibsankar Roy (11) and Gokul Sharma (6) also failed to put big total on the board. However Pallab, who opened the innings with Sarupam, played a superb knock at the other end and remained not out when the match came to an end. He took 116 balls to score 118 (no) with the help of 12 boundaries and five sixes. Hrishikesh Tamuli (33no) was giving him accompany when the mach came to an end.Earlier Sikkim won the toss and elected to bat first. Although they were once 10-2 but Ashish Thapa (48) and Yashpal (63) played well in the match and added 113 runs on the third wicket and stitched the damage nicely. But once the partnership was broken Assam came back strongly and took Sikkim’s remaining seven wickets giving away only 52 runs. Roshan Alam, the only bowler from Assam who completed full 10 overs in the match, picked up 5-33. Also Read: Watch | Noted Assamese Actress Shyamontika Sharma’s Marriage in GuwahatiAlso Watch: Big win for Assam against Manipur in Vijay Hazare Cricket tournamentlast_img read more