An internal event was held on the 1st November at thyssenkrupp Estaleiro Brasil Sul in Itajaí (SC) to mark the beginning of steel cutting for the second ship of the Tamandaré Class, which will be named Frigate “Jerônimo of Albuquerque” – F201. The construction of this vessel will continue in parallel with the construction of the Frigate “Tamandaré” – F200, whose launch is scheduled to take place in mid-2024.
Participating in the event were Vice Admiral Koga, from the Brazilian Navy; Vice Admiral Pontes Lima, from the Naval Project Management Company (EMGEPRON); the CEO of Águas Azuis, Fernando Queiroz; the CEO of thyssenkrupp Estaleiro Brasil Sul, Holger Tepper, among other executives from the institutions involved in the Tamandaré Class Frigate Program (PFCT). Around 800 employees who work at the shipyard also participated in the celebration, which also marked three years of the Program.
Conducted since 2017 by the Brazilian Navy, executed by Águas Azuis and managed by EMGEPRON, the PFCT is the most modern and innovative naval project developed in the country, providing for the construction, in national territory, of four highly technologically complex defense ships. The vessels must reach operational capacity to protect Brazilian Jurisdictional Waters (AJB), with technology transfer and the promotion of local industry and shipbuilding in the country. It is expected that the Program, as a whole, can generate around 2 thousand direct jobs and 6 thousand indirect jobs.