A task force from Britain's Royal Navy has arrived in Brazil for a three-week series of exercises wit the Brazilian Navy.
A task force from Britain's Royal Navy has arrived in Brazil for a three-week series of exercises wit the Brazilian Navy. The Royal Navy squadron is under the command of Rear admiral David Hallifax, whose flagship is the HMS Kent.
SYNOPSIS: The Royal Navy squadron entered the wide sweep of Guanabara Bay, near Rio de Janeiro, on Friday (6 April). It consists of the guided missile destroyer, the HMS Kent; three frigates, a destroyer, a submarine and two Royal Fleet auxiliaries.
The nuclear submarine, HMS Warspite, is capable of high underwater speeds. Fitted with advanced sonar underwater detection equipment and six torpedo tubes, HMS Warspite is regarded as a highly effective anti-submarine warship.
Rio de Janeiro has one of the most spectacular natural harbours in the world. During their stay, the British sailors will take art in a full programme of official and social functions. Each ship will give a party for underprivileged children in the Rio de Janeiro area. The Royal Navy seamen will also play cricket, football, rugby and basketball-against local teams.
"Cariocas" -- as the citizens of Rio are called -- will be able to visit the vessels while they are in harbour. on April the sixteenth, the task force will leave Guanabara Bay for five days of joint exercises with the Brazilian Navy and Air Force.
The task force will finally leave Rio on the twenty-third of April. The last major Royal Navy visit was in April, 1977, when a flotilla of twelve ships visited the country for joint exercises with their Brazilian counterparts.