Decommissioning of the Frigate Greenhalgh (F46) - ex HMS Broadsword

After 26 years in operation, the Frigate "Greenhalgh" – F46 (former HMS Broadsword) left the active service of the Brazilian Navy (MB), on August 10th 2021, in a Disarmament Exhibition Ceremony held at the Naval Base of Rio de Janeiro (BNRJ), chaired by the Chief of Staff of the Navy, Admiral Marcos Silva Rodrigues

Incorporated into the MB in 1995, the Frigate "Greenhalgh" is the fourth ship of the Squadron to bear this name, in allusion to the Marine Guard João Guilherme Greenhalgh, character who gained notoriety in the Naval Battle of Riachuelo.

In almost 26 years of active service, the Frigate "Greenhalgh" has made 1,234 days by sea, sailing 247,119 nautical miles, in numerous relevant commissions, such as PARADEX, TROPICALEX/APRESTEX, ADEREX, VENBRAS 2000, ASPIRANTEX, MISSEX and UNITAS.

It also highlights the important role played in the Commission in support of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016, contributing to the security of the Games and raising Brazil's name to the world.

The event commend the health protocols of prevention to Covid-19 and was attended by several authorities, such as the Commander of Naval Operations, Admiral Alipio Jorge Rodrigues da Silva, the Chief of Staff of the Naval Operations Command, Vice Admiral Claudio Henrique Mello de Almeida, the Commander in Chief of the Squadron, Vice Admiral Arthur Fernando Bettega Corrêa, and surface force commander Rear Admiral Iunis Távora Said.

In addition to representatives of the first crew and former commanders of the "Lobo Guerreiro", such as Admiral Carlos Augusto de Sousa, retired Minister of the Superior Military Court, who recalled that the Frigate "Greenhalgh" has a rich history in the Brazilian Navy and the United Kingdom Navy, being a ship "tested in combat".

In his words to the crew, Admiral Carlos Augusto also stressed that "the high naval administration understood that the Frigate 'Greenhalgh' fulfilled its mission, even if, visibly, it is in full shape. We all have our time to go to the reserve and with the ships is no different."

WRITING NOTE: Serving in the Royal Navy, the frigate HMS Broadsword participated in the Falklands War in 1982 and was the target of an attack by Argentine Aviation. Below are images of the ship in the conflict:

To learn more about the frigate Greenhalgh - F 46, ex-HMS Broadsword - F88, visit the dedicated page in NGB - Brazilian Warships, by clicking here.