Another naval vessel arrives

NRP Hidra arrives in Madeira tomorrow

NRP Hidra The NRP Hidra arrives in Madeira this Friday to reinforce the naval presence in the Region, due to the increased patrolling needs of the Madeira Maritime Zone. The commission for this vessel will run until mid-September, the navy said this afternoon.

Its primary objective of ensuring search and rescue response, contributing to the patrolling effort, supporting regional civil protection agencies in natural calamity or disaster situations and cooperating with other state departments with competence at sea will be the main objectives of the NRP (Portuguese Naval Vessel) Hidra.

The speedboat is 27 metres long, has a displacement of 94 tons, reaches a top speed of 26 knots and has a range of 1350 miles. It is commanded by the second lieutenant Diogo Miguel Simões Monteiro and has a garrison of 10 soldiers (two officers, one sergeant and seven crew).

The Hidra is the fifth in a series of five Argos class ships. It was launched on July 26 1991 and entered service on December 16, 1991. The vessel was designed by the shipyards of Arsenal do Alfeite on the mouth of the Tagus.

It will be joined on the 12th of August by its fellow NRP vessel Álvares Cabral as reported here a few days ago.

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