Niteroi class



Frigate Niteroi class

The Vosper Thornycroft Mk10 design was announced in 1970 comprising four ships to be built in the UK and two in Brazil. They were all equipped with SAM Sea Cat but F42/43 have a different layout (see photos in ship pages) with a second 114mm gun plus 2 pairs of MM38 Exocets whilest the rest used the Ikara antisubmarine rocket launcher instead. They were all upgraded between 1995/2005 with SAM Aspide as pictured. The last ship U27 is sligthly different and configured as a training vessel

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3700full load (tn)
129length (m)
13.50beam (m)
5.50draught (m)
30max speed (knots)
4Naval Engine diesel
2Naval Engine gas turbine - Rolls Royce Olympus
2Naval Engine propulsion system: CODOG
1Torpedo Launchers Ikara
1Naval Radar navigation radar ZW-06
2Naval Radar fire direction radar Selenia Orion RTN-10X

Aircraft Login to Edit

    Typical Max
Brazilian Navy Westland Lynx mk21 11
Brazilian Navy SNIA HB355F2 Esquilo 01
Brazilian Navy Westland Super Lynx mk21a 01

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Shipyards Login to Edit

Arsenal de Marinha - Ilha das Cobras3
Vosper Thornycroft - Woolston4

Ships on Database Login to Edit

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Brazilian NavyF40NiteroiPWNI1976--
Brazilian NavyF41DefensoraPWDE1977--
Brazilian NavyF42ConstituiçãoPWCO1978--
Brazilian NavyF43LiberalPWLI1978--
Brazilian NavyF44Independência1979--
Brazilian NavyF45UniãoPWUN1980--
Brazilian NavyU27BrasilPWBL1986--

7 units

Events Login to Edit

1972-feb-14Laid down F41 Defensora
1972-jun-8Laid down F40 Niteroi
1972-jun-11Laid down F44 Independência
1972-jun-11Laid down F45 União
1974-feb-8Launched F40 Niteroi
1974-mar-13Laid down F42 Constituição
1974-sep-2Launched F44 Independência
1975-mar-15Launched F45 União
1975-mar-27Launched F41 Defensora
1975-may-2Laid down F43 Liberal
1976-apr-15Launched F42 Constituição
1976-nov-20Commissioned F40 Niteroi
1977-feb-7Launched F43 Liberal
1977-mar-5Commissioned F41 Defensora
1977-jul-14Trials F41 Defensora trials with Lynx HAS.2 XZ232in UK waters
1978-mar-31Commissioned F42 Constituição
1978-nov-19Commissioned F43 Liberal
1979-sep-3Commissioned F44 Independência
1980-sep-17Commissioned F45 União
1981-junOrdered U27 Brasil
1981-sep-18Laid down U27 Brasil
1983-sep-23Launched U27 Brasil
1986-aug-21Commissioned U27 Brasil
2009-octPort Visit U27 Brasil visited Pool of London alongside HMS Belfast and departed 15 Oct
2009-oct-5Deployment F41 Defensora Exercise Joint Warrior 09-2 participated in Ex JW 09-2, with Lynx N-4006 embarked
2010-apr-24Port Visit F44 Independência week long visit to Liverpool, UK
2010-jun-28Port Visit F44 Independência Fleet Review: 100th anniversary of Canadian Navy visited Halifax for MARLANT Fleet Review
2011Deployment F45 União UNIFIL / NorAir with AH-11A Super Lynx embarked
2012-apr-10Deployment F43 Liberal departed Rio de Janeiro Naval Base on 8 month deployment with UNIFIL (off Lebanon), returned in Feb 2013 having relieved Union.
2013-feb-9Port Visit F43 Liberal visit to Natal, until 13 Feb.
2014-sep-28Port Visit U27 Brasil visited Pool of London alongside HMS Belfast and departed 3 Oct
2015-sep-29Port Visit U27 Brasil visited Pool of London alongside HMS Belfast
2016-sep-15Port Visit U27 Brasil visited Pool of London alongside HMS Belfast

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