USS R-12 (SS-89) Submarine

Brazil Navy League Award
The Navy League of Brazil’s
Grande Benemérito do Parimõnio Marítimo

The Navy League Of Brazil (Liga Marítima do Brasil) is a member of the International Federation of Maritime and Naval Leagues (FIDALMAR) based in Madrid. The League promotes and recognizes important Brazilian naval and marine cultural events.

The discovery of the location of USS R-12, and the consequent exploration and documentation has earned the league’s highest honors. In recognition of the discovery and its historical value the league offers its highest award, “The Gold Medal of the Old Sailor” (Grande Benemérito do Parimõnio Marítimo).

The objectives of the Maritime League of Brazil are to preserve the memory of our patron and National Hero Commander Alberto Gonçalves Rosauro de Almeida.

Brazilian Offices

Entombed in the USS R-12 are two Brazilian officers, Capitão de Corveta Alberto Gonçalves Rosauro de Almeida and Capitão de Corveta Julio Lima de Moura. They are World War II heroes in Brazil and have a statue commemorating them on the grounds of the Submarine headquarters in Rio. The Brazilian Navy League was founded by João do Valle Rosauro de Almeida (son of entombed officer Rosauro de Almeida), the current director of both the Brazilian and International Navy Leagues is Marcos Roberto de Paula Rosauro de Almeida (grandson) who works throughout the world with Navy and civilian personnel promoting the work, efforts and ideals of the league.
Christine Dennison is a native "Manhattanite" who swims with sharks, piranhas in the Amazon rain forest and dives under the Arctic polar ice caps. She was the first woman to scuba dive in the arctic waters of the Northwest Passage and in the Brazilian Amazon's, Rio Negro. She leads expeditions to the most remote corners of the world and has been honored as a Fellow in the Explorers and the Royal Geographical Society of London. She was the only American woman on the Mamont Foundation 2015 team of five women who skied to the North Pole to raise awareness of Polar Conservation. She is co-founder and president of Mad Dog Expeditions an exploration, adventure company and supports nonprofit organizations that promote conservation, education, ocean outreach, animal rescue and women's issues. She writes a monthly column titled "Exploring Women" in Misadventure Magazine and is an on air expert for TV and News. She is never without her adopted husky who sits in on meetings and is part of her school outreach presentations.
Tim Taylor is an international ocean explorer, entrepreneur, underwater robotics expert and keynote speaker. He is the CEO of Tiburon Subsea Inc, an underwater robotics company and has spent over thirty years working with marine engineering, ocean science, marine and ecological educational programs and conservation. Owning and operating his research vessel for over 20 years, he has been a leader in working with innovative ocean technologies and underwater expeditions that add scientific knowledge to the fields of oceanography, archaeology, biology and geology. He has been the first to discover and/or explored numerous reefs, including Sherwood Forest Reef, considered the centerpiece of the Tortugas Ecological Reserve, Pulley Ridge, the deepest hermatipic coral reef in the world and black forest reef, the largest black coral tract in the United States. Tim is a Fellow of the Explorers Club and in 2008 was awarded the clubs prestigious Citation of Merit in recognition of his explorations. Tim also contributes his expertise to various media and TV news outlets as on air expert
Memorial to Brazilian Submariners