Construction contract for six new Naval patrol ships signed in Lisbon

Admiral of the Fleet Henrique Gouveia e Melo has stressed the importance of the €300 million construction contract signed in Lisbon today for six new patrol ships, the first of which will be ready in 2027, with the last ones arriving by 2030. He told his audience that the new craft will be essential for the protection of Portuguese waters, “a vital transit area for any military activity, and a highly coveted area”. The ships will have advanced technological capabilities, reinforcing the Portuguese Navy’s military value within NATO. They are part of a raft of improvements the admiral has planned to “prepare the Navy and the country for the challenges of the near future, marked by uncertainty and unpredictability“. By coincidence, Russian propagandist Vladimir Solovyov has only recently been encouraging the Russian takeover of military bases in Europe, including Portugal’s Lajes base in the Azores…