Last days of the Ceara

In the last week of January 2016, LT Ryan Andrews, USN ryan.n.andrews@outlook.com visited the Ceara (former USS HERMITAGE), and observed the dismantling of the ship in preparation for decommissioning. LT Andrews is stationed in Brazil as part of a personnel exchange program. He took these photos. On January 27, 2016, LT Andrews reported that most of the equipment which can be reused on other ships is going to be stripped off and put into storage. The rest of the equipment will remain aboard. They have not decided its final fate. Right now the crew is hard at work painting to get ready for a change of command ceremony.

The Ceara was decommissioned on 29 April 2016. Here is Lieutenant Ryan's report:

Unfortunately I was not able to attend the decommissioning ceremony after all. I was aboard my ship which was docked right next to Ceará at the time. It was a cool, gray, drizzly day here (Rio de Janeiro) during the ceremony. All of the crew assembled on her flight deck and the crews of the neighboring ships manned the rails as a sign of respect. Several admirals arrived to give speeches and to commemorate her service to the Brazilian Navy. At the conclusion of the ceremony the flags were lowered for the last time and quickly afterward her hull number and name were painted over with haze gray. She is still at BNRJ and her ultimate fate hasn't been decided, although I've heard rumors that she'll be sent for dismantlement and scrapping. Most of her useful equipment and parts have already been cannibalized, some of which went to my ship.

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Click for report of NDD Ceara breaking down in April 2015.

In 2015 it was reported that Brazil was planning to purchase the Siroco from France to replace the Ceara.


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Click for August 5, 2015 report
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Click for February 3, 2015 report

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