Portugal’s state-owned shipyard Arsenal do Alfeite has completed a major overhaul and dry-docking activities on the Portuguese Navy’s Vasco da Gama-class MEKO 200PN frigate NRP Corte Real (F 332). Dry docking began on 4 July 2015 and the overhaul took place from 19 August 2015. Sea trials were carried out from 8-12 July 2017 off Lisbon and Sines.
Work was carried out under a EUR12 million (USD14 million) contract awarded in July 2015 and included a comprehensive overhaul of the hull, superstructure, systems and subsystems, and equipment. In addition, the ship’s Phalanx Mk 15 Block 1B close-in weapon system was upgraded to fire 20×102 mm MK244 armour piercing discarding sabot enhanced lethality cartridges for full effectiveness against fast attack boats, anti-ship missiles, and low-flying aircraft. The frigate was also updated with a Rohde & Schwarz M3SR Series 4100 software-defined radio, KVH Industries TracVision series satellite TV system, PRC-525 HF/VHF radio and associated AP-525V 50W VHF power amplifier, and a SA-525-20 antenna tuning unit and antenna.
Corte Real will undergo operational sea training at the Portuguese Navy’s Integrated Training and Evaluation Center (CITAN) from 17-21 July and Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) in the United Kingdom from 28 August to 28 September, before being integrated into the NATO Response Force (NRF) in 2018.