The Brazilian Navy will acquire the HMS Ocean from the UK for approximately £84M, after the warship is decommissioned from the Royal Navy in March.
The Brazilian Navy will take possession of the ship in June 2018 and Brazil specific modifications to the ship will be made by Babcock and BAE Systems.
“We have a proven track record of supplying surplus defence equipment on a government to government basis. The successful sale of HMS Ocean to the Brazilian Navy will provide a financial return to the UK which will now be reinvested in defence,” said Clive Walker, Head of Defence Equipment Sales Authority (DESA), which handled the sale.
HMS Ocean entered service in 1998 and over the course of 20 years in service with the Royal Navy she covered more than 450,000 nautical miles.
The long-planned decision to take her out of service in 2018, was confirmed in the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) 2015.
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