Naval visit

Eileen van der Schyff

Brazil’s “OPB Amazonas” calls

The Brazilian navy ship, offshore patrol vessel “Amazonas” is expected to call at Walvis Bay between 28 February to 2 March. The vessel is in this part of the Atlantic to participate in naval exercises with other navies, as part of Exercise Oban Game Express 2020 (EOGO-2020).

EOGO-2020 involves military personnel from Africa, Europe and America. This visit at the port of Walvis Bay has a diplomatic significance  because of the history of the Namibian and Brazilian navy through training and knowledge exchange between the two countries. There will be an open day on Sunday, 1 March from 14:00 until 17:00. The public will have an opportunity to visit the Amozonas. A Port entry permit needs to be applied for and will cost N$6. This  can be obtained at the Main Port entrance security point form 27 February. Entrance to the vessel will be at the south gate close to the Lagoon.

In a press statement through the Brazilian embassy in Windhoek, the following information was released: “Brazilian Navy Vessel will participate in an exercise to train African countries in the protection of the Gulf of  Guinea. The Brazilian Navy Ship “OPV AMAZONAS”, departed on 17 February from the Naval Base of Rio de Janeiro and will arrive in Walvis Bay (NAM) on 28 February, to participate in the “Oban game Express 2020” exercise, which involves  military personnel from Africa. Europe and Americas…..

To read more: pick up your copy of the Namib Times at any retail outlet in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. Available in Windhoek at selected stores, at Arandis (Shoprite and Arandis Service Station); Usakos; Henties Bay (Spar; Woermann Brock) and Windhoek (Windhoek: Shoprite Maerua Mall; Shoprite Katutura; Shoprite Ind. Av; Shoprite Lafrenz Industrial; Shoprite Okurayangava; Shoprite U-Save; Fountain OK Foods (Baines); Maerua Superspar).

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