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The lack of any convenience in these small Patrol Crafts was really incredible. Despite their good stability, they swung a lot and were covered by the waves, to the point of staff had to be tied to the bunk for bed. Anyway it was a service provided by the brave heroes who manned these vessels in unending journeys of escort service across the Atlantic, with the risk that due to its low silhouette they were often being mistaken for enemy submarines.

One steel hull Sub Chaser plying the waters along the Brazilian coast. In both U.S. and Brazilian Navy, they were extensively employed in convoy escort duties. The ultimate test of these boats of 173 feet was to escort the convoy Recife-Trinidad (JT), mainly in the turn, heading the trade winds and the rough sea on 11 to 13 days of journey.

The picture shows a meeting between Adm Ingram and Admiral Guilhem probably taken at the Fourth Fleet Headquarters Recife. In the background a typical allegory of the American Commander of ComSoLant.

Detail of transfer of U.S. Navy Destroyer Escort to the Navy of Brazil on August 1944, in a joint ceremony held at Natal Naval Base with the presence of representatives of 4th Fleet and the Northeast Naval Force.

Brazilian ships seen assembled in one convoy. Above in the left, a patrol plane wingtip, from one unit of Brazilian Air Force which carried out around the clock protection over the vastness of the South Atlantic. Nearly 3,000 merchant ships were convoyed by the Brazilian Navy in a massive effort to ensure free lanes between ports of southern and northern Brazil


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