Portugal has announced plans to reinforce surveillance efforts in the San Tomean sea and the Gulf of Guinea by replacing its patrol ship, the NRP "Zaire," which has completed a successful five-year mission in São Tomé.
The Chief of Staff of the Portuguese Navy, Henrique Gouveia e Melo, confirmed the ship's retirement during meetings with Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada and Defense Minister Jorge Amado in the São Toméan capital.
Gouveia e Melo revealed that the NRP "Zaire" would be replaced by a faster vessel with enhanced operational capabilities to respond promptly to emergencies.
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