Admiral José Carlos Torrado Saldanha Lopes has been nammed the Portuguese Navy (Marinha Portuguesa) Chief of Staff (Chefe do Estado-Maior da Armada-CEMA) on November 30.

Admiral José Carlos Torrado Saldanha Lopes replace Admiral Fernando José Ribeiro de Melo Gomes which has been in the post since November of 2005.  In his previous post of Vice-Admiral, Admiral José Carlos Torrado Saldanha Lopes has been the Portuguese Navy “Comandante Naval” and as well as the EUROMARFOR (EUROpean MARitime FORce) head.

The 9801 military personnel strong Portuguese Navy is undergoing a major modernization process of its fleet thanks to the acquisition of two U209PN Tridente Class submarines, two ex Royal Netherlands Navy Bartolomeu Dias Class Type M multi-purpose frigates being upgraded with communication systems, two NPO (Navio Patrulha Oceânico) ocean patrol vessels of Viana do Castelo Class to be delivered soon, two NPO based combat pollution vessels, five LFC (Lancha de Fiscalização Costeira) coastal patrol vessels to be built by the Portuguese shipbuilder Estaleiros Navais de Viana do Castelo SA, upgrade of the three Vasco da Gama Class MEKO 200PN Mod III frigates and the upgrade of Super Lynx MK95 helicopters with armoured plates and mounts armed with 12.7mm heavy machine guns from FN Herstal SA.

Future plans include the construction of a command and projection ship designed NPL (Navio Polivalente Logístico, additional ocean patrol vessels and three additional coastal patrol vessels and could cover the procurement of a fleet replenishment ship to replace the A5210 NRP “Bérrio”.

From 2011, the Fuzileiros marine corps is to receive 20 General Dynamics European Land Systems-Steyr GmbH PANDUR II VBLA (Viatura Blindada Ligeira Anfíbia) 8×8 amphibian wheeled armoured vehicles. The acquisition of 4×4 light armoured vehicles under the VTLB programme is also planned by the Ministry of Defence procurement agency DGAIED (Direcção Geral de Armamento e Infra-Estruturas de Defesa).

(Portuguese Navy).

(Portuguese Navy).

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