Destinations we offer > Portugal, the Algarve > Ocean Revival

The Algarve has been a popular holiday destination for many years but has never been on our diving map. With the arrival of Ocean Revival this is about to change as it ticks so many boxes. Not only are there four great wrecks to dive, there are some fabulous beaches, stunning golf courses, excellent restaurants and many family activities all within two hours of the U.K.

Being so close means it is a very flexible destination and is ideal for a short weekend away or the main two week family holiday. The diving can be combined with golf and there are many top quality courses around the Lagos area. Nightlife can differ from clubbing in Praia Da Rocha to a romantic meal overlooking the estuary in Alvor.

The accommodation is varied offering apartments that are ideal for groups or families, budget hotels for divers and others with spa facilities to pamper non diving partners.

Oliveira e Carmo Corvette

Ex-NRP Oliveira e Carmo F489 Corvette, Planned as reinforcement to Portuguese Navy presence in the
waters of ex-Portuguese colonies, it is the last of the corvettes acquired in the 1970s. With the end of the
colonial war, the original objective it was used for became a mission without meaning and since then, the corvette was put into service as an oceanic escort vessel under the
scope of NATO and, later on, as a patrol ship in Portuguese waters.

Length 85m

Sinking Footage


The ZAMBEZE Patrol Ship

EX-NRP Zambeze P1147 Patrol Ship, In 1973 it set off for Cape Verde for an Overseas Mission. It carried out several missions in the North, Central, South and Madeira maritime zones, with occasional voyages to the Canary Islands archipelago. It docked at several ports, where its dignified presence brought prestige to the Portuguese Navy.

Length 45m

Sinking Footage


The “Comandante Hermenegildo Capelo” frigate is the second
frigate in a group of four ships ordered in 1964 by the Portuguese Navy “João Belo”, “Hermenegildo Capelo”, “Roberto Ivens” and “Sacadura Cabral”. The initial plan was to buy four “Leander” class frigates from the United Kingdom but due to political reasons, and given the urgency of the need to acquire them, the four ships ended up being ordered from a French shipyard in Nantes following the project to acquire ships of the “Commandant Rivière” class, that were, however, warning-escort ships, versatile and robust ships but less sophisticated for the type of mission that they were expected to go on in the colonies (for example, they were not equipped with missiles but instead, fortunately, they were equipped with cannons). From the point when it was brought into effective service for the Portuguese Navy on April 26th 1968, it took part in several missions in Africa, in various national and international exercises, search and rescue missions and inspection of the exclusive economic zone. It also undertook voyages for
the instruction of naval college trainees.

Length 102.7m; Maximum Breadth 11.7m; Hull 4.4m

Sinking Footage

The ALMEIDA CARVALHO Oceanographic Vessel

Construction started in 1961 at the Marietta Shipbuilding Co. shipyard in California, however, in the summer of 1965 the ship was struck by a merchant navy vessel and a floating crane that the passing typhoon "Betsy" had broken loose, sinking it in nearly nine metres of water and listing 120º to the starboard side, which did not completely prevent it sinking.

Salvage operations began in September the same year and in November the ship was afloat again. However, the recovery work on the ship was done by another shipyard in New Orleans, Boland Machine and Manufacturing Company and in January 1969 the "Kellar" was put into service for the American Navy.

With 85% of the work that had been done lost to the disaster, the reconstruction of the ship was delayed due to natural factors, such as the flooding of the Ohio river and the tough winter that were felt strongly, causing several epidemics of influenza, and others that were linked to the shipyard itself, specifically strikes by workers and the financial difficulties of the constructor.

Once recovered and the work concluded, it entered into service for the US Navy in January 1969, named "Kellar".

It was later acquired by Portugal and incorporated into the fleet of the Armed Forces on January 21st 1972, and it entered Lisbon for the first time on March 12th 1972 and undertook the activities of the Hydrographical Institute.

Length 65m


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