President Silva attends the unveiling of Brazilian-built submarine

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1. Pan from Navy Headquarters to wide of Tikuna submarine
2. Tilt-up of submarine
3. Pan showing helicopter arriving with Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and his wife, Marisa da Silva
4. Pan of Lula arriving and greeting Brazilian Vice-President Jose Alencar
5. Wide of Lula and his wife greeting the Navy Commander and his wife
6. Wide of stage as Brazilian national anthem plays
7. Lula and his wife signing the Brazilian national anthem
8. Navy official reading message from Lula
9. Angela Maria de Souza Carvalho christening the submarine
10. Zoom-in of submarine inauguration
11. Lula speaking with submarine builders
12. Lula speaking with Navy commander
13. Pullout of Tikuna
14. Lula getting inside submarine
15. Pull out to wide of submarine
16. Pull out of Lula getting out of submarine
17. Pull-out from name of submarine on banner to wide of submarine
18. Lula and his wife walking along gangway away from submarine


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The Brazilian Navy on Wednesday inaugurated the largest and most advanced submarine ever built in the South American country.

The ceremony was attended by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and his wife, Marisa da Silva. The mission of the submarine, called Tikuna, is to protect the Brazilian coast.

According to the Brazilian navy, only 15 countries are capable of building submarines and Brazil is the only country in the Southern hemisphere besides Australia, with the technological know-how to build one.

Lula flew from the capital, Brasilia, to inaugurate the submarine at a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.

The submarine”s name comes from a tribe of 30-thousand indigenous people who live in Brazil”s western Amazon rainforest.

Angela Maria de Souza Carvalho, the wife of Brazilian Navy Commander Guimaraes Carvalho, christened the Tikuna.

The conventionally-powered (as opposed to nuclear-powered) craft is the fourth submarine constructed in Brazil.

The first was built in 1914.

After the inauguration, Silva shook hands and spoke briefly with the men who built the submarine, which was begun in 1996. Then he took a brief tour of the vessel, which measures 61 meters (200 feet) long and six meters (20 feet) wide.

The Tikuna will be able to dive 200 meters (660 feet) or more. The navy said it could not divulge how deep the submarine could dive because the information is classified.

The Tikuna is adapted from the German IKL-209 submarine but includes various innovations conceived by Brazilian engineers, the navy said.

The navy is expected to test the submarine until December, when it will officially join the Brazilian fleet.

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