The arrival of BNS AMAZONAS in Cape Town

Article and photos by AB T.C. Atson

On Friday, 8 January 2016, BNS AMAZONAS came alongside in Cape Town, South Africa at the V&A Waterfront for a port call. BNS AMAZONAS, an offshore patrol vessel, left Brazil late December 2015. BNS AMAZONAS forms part of the south east naval grouping of the Brazilian Navy which is used in performing maritime security in Brazilís territorial waters, including the protection of the countryís oil and gas reserves.


Operational visits by foreign navies ensure that international contact is maintained between naval forces. BNS AMAZONAS was alongside from 8-12 January. They paid a courtesy call to Flag Officer Fleet, Rear Admiral B.K. Mhlana at the Fleet Command Headquarters in Simonís Town and BNS AMAZONAS hosted a return luncheon on board during their stay.

Tug boats escourt BNS AMAZONAS into Cape Town Harbour

The Brazilian Flag flying high in port


Commander Imamura receiving a crest from the Flag Officer Fleet Rear Admiral B.K. Mhlana

Flag Officer Fleet Rear Admiral B.K. Mhlana receiving the ship's crest from Commander Imamura



BNS AMAZONAS enter Cape Town, South Africa