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Brazil decommissioning its only aircraft carrier, Sao Paulo

Saturday, February 18th 2017 - 07:15 UTC
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Brazil has decided to permanently sideline its sole aircraft carrier, the flat-top São Paulo. The Brazilian government has said the cost of updating the ship and purchasing new planes was prohibitive and will seek to replace them in the future. The decision underscores the point that aircraft carriers are a rich country's game. Read full article


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  • Think

    Freaking good news...
    Think is happy :-)))

    Feb 18th, 2017 - 09:30 am - Link - Report abuse -3
  • :o))

    When Brazil bought it from France; it already WAS a scrap! Brazil does not have ANY foreseeable or immediate threat from the sea. Hence; buying an aircraft carrier [brand new OR scrap] need not be THE Top Priority - particularly when the current economic and the political crisis need The MOST Urgent Attention!

    Feb 18th, 2017 - 11:03 am - Link - Report abuse +4
  • DemonTree

    If Brazil has no need for an aircraft carrier, why did they buy one? Part of the 'BRICS taking over the world' thing? I bet Brasileiro is disappointed though, he seemed to enjoy boasting about how powerful Brazil is.

    Feb 18th, 2017 - 03:52 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • :o))

    Brazil bought it before BRICS was born. REF: “why did they buy one?”: I'm SURE that you CAN “guess”! :o))

    Feb 18th, 2017 - 05:23 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Briton

    I mentioned this the other day,
    but hey, rather than scrap this magnificent ship, why not sell to the argies, im sure they would appreciate this as a token of good will.

    they love and care for old ships..

    Feb 18th, 2017 - 08:30 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Bisley

    It's not so much that they couldn't afford to make this thing operational, but that they can't afford to fund socialism, corruption, and an effective military simultaneously. This just shows where their priorities lie.

    Feb 18th, 2017 - 09:18 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • DemonTree

    Yes, it shows their priorities lie in the right place. Brazil has good relationships with all its neighbours, it doesn't need a large military. And the new President isn't remotely socialist either.

    Feb 18th, 2017 - 10:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Just as well then, that she has good relationships,
    and like you say, does she really need a powerful ship like this anyway,

    is it not true that it wold be nearly 70 odd years old if they had upgraded it,

    Brazil has real problems I hope this new president helps it get back on its feet again.

    Feb 19th, 2017 - 12:44 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Hepatia

    Soon the only country operating aircraft carriers will be the US.

    Feb 19th, 2017 - 01:44 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    Many other countries Heppi, Uk is building one now

    Feb 19th, 2017 - 11:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    China is aiming to have 3 and in the process of building the extras and so is India. Both those countries do have hostile neighbours, not least each other.

    Feb 19th, 2017 - 01:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    To Demon Tree

    No. I'm not disappointed. There are other forms of military technology that guarantee our maritime sovereignty without spending too much money.

    Feb 19th, 2017 - 02:57 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • DemonTree

    That's surprisingly sensible. Do you think Brazil has any enemies that you need to protect yourselves from?

    Feb 19th, 2017 - 04:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    USA is our enemy.

    Feb 19th, 2017 - 04:56 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • DemonTree

    Heh, a country you actually have a mutual defence treaty with. Do you think the US is going to invade Brazil?

    Feb 19th, 2017 - 06:32 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Briton

    Britain is building Two carriers,
    and im given to understand that Brazil is looking to build Two 50,000 ton carriers in the future according to some sources.

    Feb 19th, 2017 - 08:20 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • :o))

    REF: “Brazil is looking to build Two 50,000 ton carriers”: As they DO afford - with plenty of money to steal - why not?

    Feb 19th, 2017 - 09:08 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Briton

    Well, that's what these have to say,

    Desmobilização do NAe “São Paulo”

    and Jane's 360 of course,

    The navy hopes to develop and locally build two aircraft carriers each displacing approximately 50,000 tonnes


    Feb 20th, 2017 - 12:57 am - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Idlehands

    When they're that old the best thing to do is clean them up and sink them as a reef.
    Carriers are one of the ultimate destinations for scuba divers.

    Feb 20th, 2017 - 12:24 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • :o))

    This is just ONE example of the sheer waste of the taxpayers' hard earned money!

    There are MANY such - innumerable if fact! Watch this: REF: $12 B Legacy:

    Feb 20th, 2017 - 12:54 pm - Link - Report abuse +1

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