The PM announced the spend at the official launch of a new oceanic patrol ship in Sines. Costa said that the increase in the number of the ships for the Navy, represents “a day of congratulations to the Portuguese shipbuilding and ship repair industry,” which confirms the “vitality of the shipyards of Viana do Castelo and honours its long activity.” This investment is part of Portugal’s commitment to strengthen her Armed Forces in agreement with NATO. Six of the seven are ocean patrol vessels which will join ‘Viana do Castelo’ and ‘Figueira da Foz’ already being used by the Navy. This boosted capability will enable Portugal to mark a presence in the Açores-Madeira-mainland triangle. Each ocean patrol ship costs about €60 million. A logistic vessel also will be built.