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NSS Felinto Perry K-11

The NSS Felinto Perry was the first Brazilian Navy vessel to bear that name in honor of Commander Felinto Perry, one of the main responsible for the creation of the Submarine Flotilla. It was used in rescue tasks for injured submarines and in support of deep diving activities. The NSS “Felinto Perry” was designed for operations to support diving, including saturated, towing, supply, fire fighting and oil recovery. Its capacities have been improved over the years and the rescue activity has been expanded with the installation of the Submarine Rescue Bell (SRS).

The uniquely shaped Brazilian Submarine Rescue ship Felinto Perry is notworthy for her landing pad above her bridge. The Submarine Relief Ship “FELINTO PERRY” arrived in Rio de Janeiro on December 10, 1988 and was incorporated on December 28, 1988. It was acquired by the Brazilian Navy in November 1988, from Rederiet HH Faddersbjll A / S, where it was used as a Rescue Ship in oil fields in the North Sea, to replace the NSS Gastão Moutinho - K10. He was submitted to the Armament Exhibition on October 19, 1988, in Esbjerg, Denmark, in compliance with Notice No. 0849 of the MM of 10/3/88.

This DSV (diving support) built in 1979 by the shipyard Smedvik Mek. Verkstedt, in Tjorvag, Norway, as M / S Wildrake for Norwegian company A / S Sentinel Offshore / Andres Wilhelmsen & Co., of Oslo. In October 1986, it was sold to Danish company Rederiet HH Faddersbjll A / S, receiving the name DSV M / S Holger Dane.

The ship was built as an anchor handling tug, and built to both have tremendous righting capabilities to deal with transverse cable loadings and heavy seas while, handling anchors. Both requirements would lead to a ship with reasonably good stability characteristics.

It was employed in rescue tasks for damaged submarines and in support of deep diving activities. It was equipped with decompression chambers, an atmospheric bell (which allows rescues at depths greater than 300 meters), a whaleboat with a hyperbaric chamber and an unmanned vehicle remotely controlled for operations up to 600 meters ("ROV"). It also has a dynamic positioning system ("DPS", which allows the ship to remain stationary in relation to a certain point), and also a platform for helicopters and cranes.

It was part of the Submarine Force Command (ComForS) based on the Island of Mocanguê in the city of Niterói, State of Rio de Janeiro and carried out essential missions to support submarines of the Tupi Class , S. Tupi ( S30 ), S. Tamoio (S31), S. Timbira (S32) and S. Tapajó ( S33 ) and the only submarine U209/1400mod of the Tikuna Class , the S. Tikuna ( S34 ).

. In 2002, he joined, for the first time, the hatch of Submarino “Timbira”. Two years later, he transferred a crew member from the “Tapajó” Submarine to the surface. In 2009, all Brazilian submarines were qualified for rescue by the SRS. This ability made it possible for our submariners to dive calmly, as someone was ready for eventual rescue needs.

Its capabilities also contributed to Brazil's permanent presence in NATO debate forums related to the International Submarine Escape and Rescue Office (ISMERLO), created after the accident with the Russian submarine “Kursk”, with the purpose of developing a doctrine that promote interoperability. The versatility of the ship meant that it was also used in training commissions for the fleet, such as ADEREX and TROPICALEX, as well as support for the Oceanographic Post of Ilha da Trindade and two OPERANTAR, in 2010 and 2012. In 2017, he participated in searches ARA “San Juan”. Throughout his career, he received the “Contact Award”, granted by the then Command of Naval Control of Maritime Traffic and was awarded the Medal Merit Tamandaré.

The Brazilian Navy took the Felinto Perry submarine rescue ship out of service on 14 December 2020 after 32 years of service. During the event, which respected the sanitary prevention protocols for Covid-19, the “À de Copas” flag was dropped, being handed over by its last Commander, Frigate Captain Marcos Paulo Beal, to the first NSS Commander Guillobel ( K 120), Frigate Captain Albino Manoel Borges Santos. The K-120 will be responsible for maintaining the high level of underwater rescue activities, carried out in a competent manner by its predecessor, for 32 years.

The NSS Felinto Perry was replaced by the Submarine Relief Ship (NSS) “Guillobel” , incorporated into the Navy on May 12, 2020.

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