INTRODUCTION: A Brazilian warship, the frigate 'Liberal', arrived in the Ivory Coast on Monday (3 August) for a week-long courtesy visit.
ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST
GV & CU Brazilian ship 'Liberal' docking (3 shots) 0.18
CU Brazilian flag and sailors (3 shots) 0.30
LV Gangplank lowered and people watch (2 shots) 0.45
SV Brazilian Ambassador & Ivory Coast naval commandment board ship and are greeted 1.03
CU & SV Missiles (2 shots) 1.14
SV Helicopter on pad on board ship 1.19
LV & SV PAN Crew watch from deck as Brazilian ambassador leaves ship with commandant of Ivory Coast Navy 1.38
Background: INTRODUCTION: A Brazilian warship, the frigate 'Liberal', arrived in the Ivory Coast on Monday (3 August) for a week-long courtesy visit. Officials said the trip to West Africa was intended to reinforce the friendly relations between Brazil and the Ivory Coast, as well as neighbouring Guinea.
SYNOPSIS: The Liberal, built in England, was launched in 1977. Weighing 3,300 tonnes, the frigate is 130 metres long and equipped with sea-to-air and air-to-air guided missiles. It has a helicopter for anti-submarine warfare.
During its stay in Abidjan the programme for the Liberal's crew included officials visits to naval and military establishments in the Ivory Coast, and excursions to the cities of Yamoussoukro and Assouinde.
Also planned was a soccer match on Thursday (6 August) between the Liberal's crew and the Ivory Coast Navy. The frigate itself was open to the public for visits on four days of its stay.
Brazil's ambassador in Abidjan, Marcelo Raffaelli, accompanied the commander of the Ivory Coast Navy on board the Liberal to meet the ship's captain, Domingos Alfredo Silva. He explained that the Liberal is the third ship of that name to have served in the Brazilian Navy.
The sophisticated weaponry of the present Liberal contrasts with the 24 cannons carried by the original ship, which was built in Portugal in 1791. That vessel took part in Brazil's campaign for independence in 1822.
After leaving Abidjan, the Liberal was due to visit Conakry, the capital of Guinea. Her plans also included a rendez-vous with a Brazilian training ship in Dakar, the capital of Senegal, before returning to Rio de Janeiro in September.
Source: REUTERS - KOSSI R. AMEGAN