In the evening Aug 21 Brazilian Navy Frigate DEFENSORA suffered steering failure while passing Santos Port Channel, Brazil. According to witnesses and videos they took, frigate drifted and contacted embankment. Navy Command refused grounding, insisting on their version – the ship suffered momentary loss of control, but was secured by dropping anchor, and soon was under way again, completing passage and continuing her voyage to Rio de Janeiro. No information on possible damages, understood traffic in channel was temporarily suspended.
Frigate (F-41) DEFENSORA, Brazilian Navy, displacement 3800, commissioned 1977, crew 209, armament missiles, guns, torpedoes, helicopter.