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New helicopter carrier arrives in RJ to join the Brazilian Navy

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PHM Atlântico Helicopter Carrier for Brazil

The Brazilian Navy's new PHM Atlântico (A 140) helicopter carrier arrived in its hometown of Rio de Janeiro on Saturday after a 25-day voyage from Plymouth, UK.

The former Royal Navy ship (formerly HMS Ocean) was refitted in Plymouth before the Brazilian crew underwent Flag Officer Training (FOST) prior to her voyage to Brazil, which began on 1 August.

The Atlântico called at Lisbon, Portugal, before starting its transatlantic journey. On August 23, the ship received the first Brazilian aircraft aboard, with UH-15 Super Cougar, SH-16 Seahawk and Bell Jet Ranger helicopters resting on the flight deck.

Brazil bought the 202-metre vessel from the Royal Navy for a price tag of £84 million. HMS Ocean was officially retired from Royal Navy service on 27 March 2018 after 20 years of service.

The 22.000-ton helicopter carrier is capable of simultaneously operating up to seven aircraft in its cockpit and transporting up to twelve aircraft in its hangar. The ship arrived in Brazil with 303 crew and will receive another 129 crew for operations.

Watch: Landing at PHM “Atlântico” seen from inside the cabin of a UH-15 “Super Cougar” belonging to the 2nd Squadron of General Purpose Helicopters.

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