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 03 Mar 2020

The Brazilian Navy patrol ship Amazonas which has docked at the Port of Walvis Bay. Picture courtesy: Namport


A Brazilian Navy offshore patrol vessel, AMAZONAS arrived in the Namibian Port of Walvis Bay on Friday morning, 28 February, for a short visit.

BS Amazonas departed Brazil on 17 February and is remaining in Walvis Bay until Monday, 2 March.

While in Namibian waters Amazonas will participate in the Obangame Express 2020 exercise.

Obangame Express 2020 is a military exercise involving personnel from Africa, Europe and the Americas. The aim of the exercise is to improve and equip personnel taking part with skills necessary to employ in maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea against piracy, drugs and arms trafficking, hijacking of ships, illegal fishing and other illicit activities within the region.

During this annual operation, the Brazilian Navy will carry out exercises along the coasts of Angola, Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Throughout the visit of the vessel, military personnel from several navies will be on board ship in order to strengthen ties and compare operational procedures.

During the ship’s short stay in Walvis Bay the vessel will be open to the public on just one occasion, on Sunday 1 March.

Members of the public wanting to visit the ship will require entrance permits which are obtainable at the Port Security offices at the cost of N$6.90 per person above the age of 18. Visitors under the age of 18 will enter for free provided that they are accompanied by an adult.

Entrance will be at the South Gate close to the Lagoon area.

SOURCE: Africa Ports and Ships