The Government of Brazil plans to sink the decommissioned French-built Sao Paulo aircraft carrier in the middle of the Atlantic ocean after the depleted structure has spent months wandering with no port to dock for scrapping due to the presence of toxic materials in the hull, it was reported Thursday.
The former French Navy pride Foch will be sunk in Brazilian territorial waters 350 kilometers off the coast, in a place where the estimated depth is 5,000 meters, far from environmental protection zones.
The Brazilian Navy said in a statement that it had no alternative to torpedoing the carrier because it is inevitable that it will sink spontaneously given that the hull is damaged and also has buoyancy problems. The South American country's Navy also explained that the company responsible for the ship did not take the necessary steps to obtain authorization to tow it to port in order to repair the serious damage that threatens its ability to remain afloat. The announcement was made a day after the Public Prosecutor's Office requested the courts to prevent the sinking of the ship, due to the environmental dangers posed by the 10 tons of asbestos in the hull.
The Sao Paulo's final journey began in August when it was sold to a Turkish shipyard specializing in shipbreaking but it never reached its destination because the Turkish authorities prohibited its entry, so it had to turn around shortly before reaching the Strait of Gibraltar.
The Brazilian Navy bought the Foch in 2001, but since then the unit spent more time in port than at sea, performing only 206 days of operation in 15 years due to various technical problems and some accidents, including a fire with casualties.
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Put the target in the middle of the Atlantic, between Brazil and Angola, and test the Gripen NG with our new missiles.Feb 03rd, 2023 - 12:33 pm 0
Test with two hundred missiles without explosives. Sink, only after much testing.
What a debacle ! Brasileiro is right and SOME use should have been had from her demise, but now she has been sunk. The French sold her for $12M and are the real benefactors here. Some there will smirk and reiterate Brazil as a 'non-serious' country. Cardoso wanted this prestige white elephant because he felt the country needed, naval power compatible with its stature. What was Brazil going to do with it? Project imperial power as the US does and conquer the Cape Verde islands, support Argentina in a re-conquest of the sheepherder islands or sail her upriver and and bombard Asuncion? According to Wiki, ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazilian_aircraft_carrier_S%C3%A3o_Paulo ) the Turks renegged on the original scrapping for $1.9M because the Brazilian navy misled them as to the amount of asbestos. Supposedly, a Saudi offer, presumably now aware of the problem, had a $6M offer for her, but no credible reason is given why she was sunk anyway. Brazil needs to spend its defense money more wisely.Feb 04th, 2023 - 06:15 pm 0