Vasco da Gama class frigate

The Vasco da Gama class is a class of frigates, of the MEKO 200 PN German concept, and are the major surface ships of the Portuguese Navy. Portugal operates 3 ships of this class, which were built in Kiel by Blohm + Voss and later by HDW, using modular construction techniques.

The project for the construction of 3 frigates of this class was authorized by the Portuguese Government in 1985, five years after the request of the Portuguese Navy for the acquisition of new surface ships.



Pennant Name Laid down Shipyard Launched Commissioned
F330 Vasco da Gama 2 February 1989 Blohm + Voss 26 June 1989 20 November 1990
F331 Álvares Cabral 2 June 1989 HDW 2 May 1990 18 January 1991
F332 Corte-Real 20 October 1989 HDW November 22 1991 February 1 1992

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