Over the centuries, the Navy has always sought the perfect balance point between two contrasting and unique concepts, namely: tradition and innovation.
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We adore the past, our ancestors and our proud naval traditions, but do not fade in the daily, systematic and methodical search for the most advanced knowledge, necessary for a modern, balanced and balanced naval power, in harmony with a state of stature political and strategic. Thus, the past and the future coexist, in a desirable harmony and harmony.
In this spirit, we celebrate Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) Day in the Navy each year, to remember the examples of the past and to renew our inspiration – drivers of current success and beacons for future business – praising the essential references and fine legacies made by all those who, throughout history, have implemented CT&I activities well. . Of particular note is Admiral Alvaro Alberto; Admiral Octacilio Cunha, former President of the National Nuclear Energy Commission (CNEN); Admiral Paulo de Castro Moreira da Silva, one of the founders and former president of the Fundação de Estudos do Mar; Commander Renato Archer, Prime Minister of Science and Technology; Commander Euclid Quandt de Oliveira, former Minister of Communications; Among several others.
In connection with Admiral Alvaro Alberto, this outstanding Brazilian sailor, he practiced teaching for more than three decades, as a professor in the Department of Physical Chemistry at the Naval School. In addition to the positions he held in his naval career, thanks to his professionalism and skill, he was successful as President of the Brazilian Chemical Society; President of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq); one of the creators of the CNEN; representative of Brazil to the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission; President of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.
In recognition of his selflessness and legacy, the Navy selected him for its S&I boss; In addition, the first conventional nuclear-powered submarine (SCPN) will be named after him, which has also been approved for the most important ST&I award in Brazil, which each year recognizes researchers and scientists distinguished in their performance areas.
Recognizing and acknowledging that technological knowledge has become, over the years, one of the main factors influencing the distribution of power in the international system, whether to strengthen and improve economic relations, or as an essential tool in the field of defense, providing strategic advantages in maintaining sovereignty and in the predominance of the interests of its owners, Senior Naval Management has perfected the structure, equipment and personnel, with the unwavering aim, not only to follow technological developments, but to achieve autonomy, independence and superiority in defense products and solutions.
- In this active context, we also celebrate this important date, recording and highlighting examples of challenges overcome, achievements and indelible milestones recently achieved by members of the sector:
- As part of the construction of the Laboratory for the Production of Nuclear and Electrical Energy (LABGENE), Nuclebrás Equipamentos Pesados SA (NUCLEP) delivered in December 2021 the containment vessel for block 40, which will house the reactor and the reactor primary circuit. SCPN ground model. The installation of the aforementioned block foundations has been completed, while the construction of the steel structure has progressed considerably at the premises of this company;
- Equipment for electronic warfare support measures (MAGE) DEFENSOR MK3, developed at the Instituto Pesquisas da Marinha (IPqM) and manufactured by a private company to respond to the program of the “Tamandaré” class frigate, its project has been completed , with a high degree of nationalization of its main component, the unit antenna (UA), designed by the same institute;
- The SONAT project, to activate the SONAR EDO 997 system for the “Niteroi” class frigates, has been successfully installed on three ships of this class. The project consists of the integrated development of electronics and signal processing software;
- Configuration of the CITRA Tactical Image Console, by the Center for Naval Systems Analysis (CASNAV), using the latest technologies, allowing an increased ability to gain situational awareness inside Guanabara Bay; And
- The commissioning, also by CASNAV, of the Naval Nuclear and Radiological Emergency Response Surveillance Center System (SISCARE), a project entrusted to the Naval Nuclear Safety and Quality Agency (AgNSNQ) to monitor nuclear and radiological activities, initially under the Experimental Center of Aramar Experience (CEA), In Iperó (SP).
Our challenges are still many and complex. However, the Navy, as it has been throughout its history, will overcome it and continue to contribute to national scientific and technological development.
In this context and in thanks to Admiral Álvaro Alberto – a personality who has never limited his interest in research, especially those related to the peaceful field of nuclear energy – on the occasion that we celebrate a relevant date , by duty of justice, I thank:
- Ministries of Defence, Health, Mines, Energy, Science, Technology and Innovation; Army Science and Technology Department; Department of Aerospace Science and Technology; To the main companies of the Navy Nuclear Program (PNM) – Amazônia Azul Tecnologias de Defesa (AMAZUL), NUCLEP and Brazilian Nuclear Industries (INB) – to the Offshore Project Management Company (EMGEPRON); ST&I Area Support Foundations; Gym; To the scientific community – which constitutes the concept of the “triple helix”, which propels us towards the common goal of a more prosperous, equitable and safe country for future generations; And
- For public and sectoral management bodies of the Navy, due to the support and motivation of our Scientific and Technological Institutions (TIC) to obtain the best conditions for research and development of products, services and processes, for their use by “the Navy of tomorrow and the future”.
Finally, when I address the courageous members of the MB ST&I system, civilian and military, I express my appreciation and gratitude for their exemplary commitment and their faith in the mission to break down the frontiers of knowledge. I also express my great satisfaction and pride in being under my leadership – I urge you to persevere in overcoming our challenge, and invoke the famous affirmation of the sponsor CT&I of brazilian navy“Scientific and technological development is closely linked to the prosperity of the country, and the main objective is to invest in human potential.”
Sovereignty through science! Long live the navy!
Petronio Augusto Sequera de Aguerre