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Brazilian Navy

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The Brazilian Navy (Portuguese: Marinha do Brasil, lit.'Navy of Brazil') is the naval service branch of the Brazilian Armed Forces, responsible for conducting naval operations. The Brazilian Navy is the largest navy in Latin America and the second largest navy in the Americas after the United States Navy.

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Brazilian Navy
Marinha do Brasil
Emblem of the Brazilian Navy
Founded1822; 201 years ago (1822)
CountryFlag_of_Brazil.svg Brazil
RoleNaval warfare
Size80,507 personnel (incl 16,000 marines)[1]
Over 134 ships
81 aircraft
Part ofMinistry of Defence
HeadquartersBrasília, DF
PatronMarquis of Tamandaré
Motto(s)Marinha do Brasil, protegendo nossas riquezas, cuidando da nossa gente
(English: "Navy of Brazil, protecting our wealth, taking care of our people")
ColorsBlue and white   
March"Cisne Branco" (English: "White Swan") (same name as training ship Cisne Branco
Fleet1 multipurpose aircraft carrier
7 submarines
6 frigates
2 corvettes
4 amphibious warfare ships
5 mine countermeasures vessel
23 oceanic patrol boats
20 fast patrol craft
30 oceanic auxiliary ships
12 river patrol boats
16 river auxiliary ships
EngagementsWar of Independence (1821–24)
Confederation of the Equator (1824)
Cisplatine War (1825–28)
Cabanagem Revolt (1835–40)
Ragamuffin War (1835–45)
Balaiada Revolt (1835–41)
Uruguayan Civil War (1839-51)
Platine War (1851–52)
Bahia incident (1864)
Uruguayan War (1864–65)
Paraguayan War (1864–70)
Naval Revolt (1893–94)
Federalist War (1893-1895)
World War I (1917–18)
Lieutenants Revolts (1922–27)
Constitutionalist war (1932)
World War II (1942–45)
Lobster War (1961–63)
Araguaia guerrilla (1972–74)
"UN missions"
Haiti (2004–2017)
Lebanon (2011–2020)
Commander-in-ChiefFlag_of_the_President_of_Brazil.svg President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Minister of DefenceFlag_of_Minister_of_State_%28Brazil%29.svg José Múcio
Commander of the NavyAlmirantedeEsquadra_MB.png Marcos Sampaio Olsen
Thomas Cochrane
John Pascoe Grenfell
Francisco, Baron of Amazonas
Joaquim, Marquis of Tamandaré
Joaquim, Viscount of Inhaúma
Pedro Max Frontin
Augusto Rademaker Grünewald
Racing stripeBrazilian_Navy_racing_stripe.svg
Aircraft flown
AttackA-4 Skyhawk
HelicopterAS-332 Super Puma
Super Lynx
Bell Jet Ranger
SH-60 Seahawk
Eurocopter EC725
Eurocopter EC135
FT-100 Horus

The navy was involved in Brazil's war of independence from Portugal. Most of Portugal's naval forces and bases in South America were transferred to the newly independent country. In the initial decades following independence, the country maintained a large naval force and the navy was later involved in the Cisplatine War, the River Plate conflicts, the Paraguayan War as well as other sporadic rebellions that marked Brazilian history.

By the 1880s the Brazilian Imperial Navy was the most powerful in South America. After the 1893–1894 naval rebellion, there was a hiatus in the development of the navy until 1905, when Brazil acquired two of the most powerful and advanced dreadnoughts of the day which sparked a dreadnought race with Brazil's South American neighbours. The Brazilian Navy participated in both World War I and World War II, engaging in anti-submarine patrols in the Atlantic.

The modern Brazilian Navy includes British-built guided missile frigates (FFG), locally built corvettes (FFL), coastal diesel-electric submarines (SSK) and many other river and coastal patrol craft.