Nov. 2, 2017 — MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) — The Training Ship Brasil (U27) makes a scheduled port call to Naval Station Mayport as part of a deployment designed to train Brazilian midshipmen, Nov 8-12.
Brasil has approximately 450 personnel aboard including 16 partner nation officers, including one U.S. Navy ensign, and 186 midshipmen from the Brazilian Naval Academy. They embarked on their annual midshipmen training cruise (MTC) of approximately five months, making 17 port calls in 13 countries, including a visit Naval Station Mayport. Upon completion of the MTC, the midshipmen will receive their commission as officers and will serve aboard ships and other military organizations in Brazil.
The MTC purpose is to complement, with emphasis on practical experience, the theoretical knowledge acquired by the midshipmen at the Naval Academy, to improve the cultural training of the future Brazilian Navy Officers and to represent the Country and Navy in visited ports, strengthening the friendship ties with partner nations.
Brasil has an auditorium, two classrooms, tactical training simulator and a navigation room. During the MTC, the midshipmen have practical lessons in seamanship, damage control and firefighting, naval operations, navigation, meteorology and administration, thus performing an important phase of adaptation to life aboard a warship.
While in Mayport, shipboard tours will be held aboard the Brasil Nov. 10-11 from 2p.m. to 5p.m. each day, to all personnel with a valid military ID cards.
The U.S. and Brazilian navies have participated in several different exercises together in the last year, the most recent being PANAMAX, which concluded its 14th iteration of the exercise earlier this year.