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.
|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|