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On 25/Aug/42, three days following Brazilian declaration of war on Axis, the Southern Naval Force was created. Initially denominated Southern Patrol Group, it incorporated the old Torpedo Boats Santa Catarina, Sergipe, Maranhão, Mato Grosso  Piahuy and the Survey vessel Jaceguai, converted into Corvette. A truly makeshift  force hastily assembled to counter the uboat menace. Their crews were stubbornly determined to fight against all odds to stave off the submarine onslaught.


In February 1941 British ship-owner The Marine Navigation Company Ltd. ordered to the Brazilian shipbuilder Henrique Lage 6 trawlers, however when Brazil was involved in the war in Aug 1942 the British Admiralty transferred to Brazil these vessels and afforded the cost of completion. They were soon converted into Corvettes and launched late in 1942. All them operated under the Southern Naval Force. They were: Felipe Camarão, Vidal de Negreiros, Mathias de Albuquerque, Barreto de Menezes, Henrique Dias and Fernandes Vieira.


 

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