An awesome navy video clip of the Brazilian Navy and their units, including the Air Carrier Sao Paulo.
The Navio-Aeródromo [Ship-Aerodrome] "São Paulo" is the flag-ship of the Brazilian Squadron. It replaced the "Minas Gerais", already with more than 40 years of use. The "São Paulo" is new, bigger, quicker and with bigger operational capacity that its predecessor, with excellent state of conservation.
The aircraft carrier "São Paulo" was constructed in France, in the period of 1957 the 1960, having served to the French National Navy under the name "FOCH". Its attainment for the Brazilian Government in September 2000, still in an operational state, was an unknown process for a ship of this transport, having been received in only two months and fifteen days and incorporated on 15 November 2000. The incorporations of the "São Paulo" and the AF-1 to the Navy of Brazil made possible the concretion of the old yearning of the Force, of being able to carry through the aerial defense of the naval forces from embarked aircraft of fixed wing.
Its crew consists of approximately 1,300 military (80 officers and 1,220 enlisted). This number can be raised for 2000 men, given the composition of the Destacamento Aéreo Embarcado (DAE), that it in accordance with varies the nature and intention of the missions attributed to Força-Tarefa which will be integrated.
Between its facts they are the qualification and requalification of pilots of helicopters and airplanes, with about 500 catapultagens, and the first relative exercises of our Navy to the operations of attack from an aircraft carrier.
The acquisition of the "São Paulo" made possible to the Navy to operacionalizar aircraft AF-1 and raised the Brazilian Naval Power to a new platform, compatible with the strategical dimension of our Country, enabling to fulfill it to it an ample specter of missions, that vary since typical of time of peace until the ones of crisis time or the conflict.
Since its construction it passed for diverse updates of equipment and sensors, what it leaves apt to still fulfill it perfectly its mission for a good time. With this acquisition our Navy will be able to far operate its aerial ways of the Brazilian coast, where the interests it country will be in game. 23 huntings bombing A-4 Skyhawk had been acquired, assigned Af-1 here to compose the aerial group of the "São Paulo", together with the existing helicopters already in the inventory of that Force. The beginning of the operative life of the "São Paulo", associated to the acquisition of the airplanes of AF-1 combat, represents landmark of new phase of the Brazilian Naval Force. Its transference for the Squadron consolidates the operational capacity of the aviation of embarked fixed wing. It loans, thus, to the Navy the projection and the stature that the Nation awaits.