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NRP Bérrio (A5210)
NRP Berrio 20071106.jpg
The NRP Bérrio, 2007.
Career (UK) Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ensign
Name: RFA Blue Rover (A270)
Ordered: January 1968
Laid down: 30 December 1968
Launched: 11 November 1969
Commissioned: 15 July 1970
Decommissioned: 23 February 1993
Identification: A270
Fate: Purchased by the Portuguese Navy and renamed NRP Bérrio on 31 March 1993
Career (Portugal)
Name: NRP Bérrio
Namesake: Caravel Bérrio
Acquired: 31 March 1993
Homeport: Lisbon Naval Base
Identification: A5210
Status: In service
General characteristics
Displacement: 11522 tons full load
Length: 461 ft 04 in (140.61 m)
Beam: 63 ft 02 in (19.25 m)
Draught: 24 ft 00 in (7.32 m)
Propulsion: (orig) 2 x 16 cyl Ruston diesels (post 1974) 2 x 16 cyl Peilstick diesels
Speed: 19 knots
Range: 15,000 miles (24,000 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Capacity: 3,000 m³ of fuel
Complement:
  • 16 officers
  • 31 ratings
Sensors and
processing systems:
Sperry Marine Visionmaster radars and ECDIS. 1690 I band navigation radars
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • 2 × Corvus and 2 × Plessey Shield decoy launchers
  • Graseby Type 182 towed torpedo decoy
Armament:
  • 2 × Oerlikon 20 mm guns
  • 2 × 7.62 mm machine guns
  • Aircraft carried: Helicopter deck but no hangar

    NRP Bérrio (A5210) is a fleet support tanker of the Portuguese Navy.

    The ship belongs to the Rover-class tankers, built by the Swan Hunter in Hebburn, England from 1969. From 1970 to 1993, the ship was part of the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary, as the RFA Blue Rover (A270). In 1993, it went to the Portuguese Navy and renamed Bérrio.

    In British service, the Blue Rover participated in the Falklands War in 1982.

    In the service of the Portuguese Navy, the Bérrio participated in the Operation Crocodile (Operação Crocodilo) in 1998, as part of the Portuguese naval task force that rescued foreign nationals caught in the civil conflicts in Guinea-Bissau and then supported the mediators of the CPLP in the peace talks between the parts in conflit.


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