One hundred years ago, Culatra Island Hangars had an important role as a naval aviation center for the anti-submarine fight of the national enemies of the First World War. It is this memory that will now be preserved with the inauguration of an on-site monument and the signing of a protocol.
To mark the centenary of the Algarve Maritime Aviation Center (1917-2017) “and the memory of Portugal’s efforts in the Great War,” a protocol will be signed between the Association of Residents of Hangars and the Portuguese Navy to ” Collective in an area as sensitive today as it is the achievement of peace and participatory democracy. ”
The Maritime Authority and the Portuguese Navy will also sign an agreement that provides “the capacity of better accessibility of civilians to the military bridge”.
The nucleus of the Culatra Hangars comes near the end of World War I, when France there found the ideal place for the landing of seaplanes that fought against the submarines. Two masonry hangars were then built, naming this place on the Island.
More than a decade after the end of the War, the first inhabitants of this area arrived there. As of the 1940’s, the Portuguese Navy Ministry rented space to the Autonomous Council of Ports of Leeward, which used the site as a coal storage center.
Then the policemen came and stayed at the Hangar site, as was already known. In the 60s, a new function: the Ministry of the Navy creates a training camp for the inactivation of explosives and demolition. It was due to close in 1998. Only the residents resisted over the decades.