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CV Henrique Dias in the detail above at the lauching ceremony. Photo CPDOC Fundação Getulio Vargas.


Launched: 28/Aug/1942.

Incorporated: 9/Sep/1943.

Decom. 1959.

Displacement: 680 ton , 813 (loaded).

Dimensions: Length: 53.70 m.

Beam: 8.53 m.

Draught: 4.87 m.

Propulsion: Coal burners and triple expansion boilers with 1.000 hp.

Speed: 12,5 knots.

Range: 2.500 miles.

Armament: 1 , 3 pol. (76 mm) gun, 4 Oerlikon Mk 10 , 20 mm/70 Machineguns, single mounts and 4 D/C throwers K Mk 6 and Mk 9.

Complement: 70.

Corvette Henrique Dias, Ex-Pargo, was ordered with five more vessels of the same class by British Shipowner The Marine Navigation Company Ltd., as fishing trawlers and was built by the Brazilian shipyard Organização Henrique Lage, at Viana Island, Niterói, Rio de Janeiro. With the War II outset, these vessels already under construction, with all units with keel laid and 2 already launched, were ceded by the British Admiralty to the Brazilian Government on 24/Aug/1942.
Thence the cost was afforded by the Brazilian Navy and they were incorporated 9/Sep/1943. Pargo, was re classified as a Corvette and was named Henrique Dias. Her first commander was Lieutenant Captain José dos Santos Saldanha da Gama. Henrique Dias took active role in the patrol escorting several convoys in the West South Atlantic sub area.


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