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Brazilian Navy's Type 209 submarine Tikuna visits United States.

| 2022

According to a tweet published by Chris Cavas on May 30, 2022, the Brazilian diesel-electric attack submarine Tikuna made a port visit at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Brazilian Type 209 submarine Tikuna (Picture source: U.S. DoD)

S Tikuna (S-34) is a Type 209 submarine of the Brazilian Navy. Built-in the Brazilian Navy Yard in Rio de Janeiro (AMRJ), it was launched in March 2005 and incorporated into the Brazilian Navy on July 21, 2006, and then transferred to the Naval Operations Command. It is the fourth Brazilian Navy submarine made in Brazil and the largest ever built in the country.

The submarine has a length of 64.4 meters (211 ft 3 in), a beam of 6.5 meters (21 ft 4 in), and a draft of 6.2 m (20 ft 4 in). She can reach a top speed of 11 knots surfaced and 22.5 knots submerged.

Her design is based on that of the German IKL-209 design which originated the Tupi Class in Brazil. The Tikuna incorporates several technological innovations that provide better performance such as lower noise signature and a longer period of submerged operation, particularly during battery recharge operations (Snorkel) while the vessel is snorkeling. These substantial innovations make this submarine the first in a new class bearing her name.

Type 209 is a class of diesel-electric attack submarine developed exclusively for export by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft of Germany. The class is exclusively designed for the export market.

About Naval Station Mayport

Naval Station Mayport is a major United States Navy base in Jacksonville, Florida. It contains a protected harbor that can accommodate aircraft carrier-size vessels, a ship's intermediate maintenance activity (SIMA), and a military airfield (Admiral David L. McDonald Field) with one asphalt paved runway (5/23) measuring 8,001 ft × 200 ft (2,439 m × 61 m).

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