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Portugal has the 3rd largest Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the European Union and the 11th in the world (or 1st and 9th if the France and UK overseas dependent territories are not taken into account). More than half of the Portugal's EEZ (1,727,408 km) is around the A蔞res (Azores Islands; 953,633 km). As Portugal doesn't have a coast guard, the patrolling and SAR (Search And Rescue) service is performed by the Navy.
In the winter 1987-88 I was serving in the corvette NRP Afonso Cerqueira (F488), the same of my first Irish post. During four months we were in the Azores, together with other corvette. Each week a corvette was on active duty all over the 953,633 km of EEZ or beyond that limit when needed for the humanitarian obligation of SAR, often for search and rescue of yacht sailors that ventured on the stormy North Atlantic winter sea. The same week the other corvette was on stand-by stationed in Ponta Delgada (the archipelago's main city, in S緌 Miguel Island), but often this ship was called for SAR if needed and nearer than the other one.
On the duty week we often called on other islands of the archipelago. It's the case of this picture, in Velas, S緌 Jorge Island, where we stayed just a few hours, as the ship was needed somewhere else. The pier at Velas was very small at that time, so the ship had its rear out of the pier and I couldn't get a better POV for the picture, lest I'd fall to the water. My POV is near the smaller ship of alex sarr (spis) picture; I see that now the pier is much bigger than 20 years ago.
"Velas" means both "candles" and "sails" in Portuguese.
Yes, the image is small; it's the best I could get out of a poor quality paper print scanning.
Click here for a complete view of the corvette.

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