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Photographer's Note

This image is not as dramatic as the previous post, and it may even look rather idyllic and calm. But the situation was indeed dramatic. Please notice the overcast sky; this was during an interval of stormy weather, and the ship is sheltered at Santa Cruz, Flores Island, in the westernmost and the most isolated group of Azores Islands.
The Portuguese Navy provides the SAR service (Search And Rescue; see my posts of this theme, NRP Afonso Cerqueira) and it helps the local populations when needed.
In the late 1980s, when I served in this ship, some islands in the Azores didn't have good ports and airfields (I'm not sure nowadays), especially the outer islands of the archipelago, Flores and Corvo. During long periods of stormy weather, for days or even for weeks, no airplane could land on those islands and the merchant ships didn't risk to challenge the storms and the long way between the central islands and the western group. So, when the merchant ships could not go, the Navy ship had to go, regardless of the weather and sea conditions.
Like in the day of this shot, the corvette supplied the local population with fuel (see workshop) and some food items (I even remember boxes of eggs being transferred from the warship to the local little boat), that were needed after days of isolation.
For a complete view of the corvette: Click here.
Location of Santa Cruz das Flores in WikiMapia: 39.4551493, -31.1277437.
[Scanned from paper print.]

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