This Sunday, Navantia launched the third of the five corvettes at the Baha de Cdiz shipyards for the Royal Navy of Saudi Arabia (RSNF), named HAIL, as a tribute to this northern city in the country. The start was at 4.15 p.m., the ideal time depending on the tide and wind. Exactly the weather forecast for the next few days, which also includes strong winds on the Baha, has recommended that the ceremony planned for this Tuesday, March 30th, be canceled.
Instead, the launch took place as an act of work in the shipyard. The Director of Operations and Business of Navantia, Gonzalo Mateo-Guerrero, the Director of the Shipyards in Baha de Cdiz, Jos Antonio Rodrguez Poch and Captain Abdullah Alsheri, Liaison Officer of the Avante 2200 Program, on behalf of Vice Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al-Ghofaily, Commander of the Royal Navy of Saudi Arabia.
The Corvette has slid down the stands until it hits the water and its construction will continue in that medium until its delivery, which is scheduled for December 2022. During the launch, the anthems of Spain and Saudi Arabia were heard.
The HAIL Corvette is the third of the five that make up the Avante 2200 range. It is 104 meters long and 14 meters wide and can transport a total of 102 people between the crew and passengers. Reach a top speed of 27 knots and can carry supplies for 21 days, among other things.
The design of the corvettes is of the latest generation and maximizes the participation of Navantia through the integration of its own products such as the CATIZ combat system, the integrated communication system HERMESYS, the fire direction DORNA, the platform for integrated control systems and the integrated bridge MINERVA. together with other devices developed under license by Navantia, such as MTU engines and RENK gearboxes.
This contract, which has been in force since November 2018, strengthens Navantia’s immediate future and benefits all of the company’s shipyards and auxiliary industries, particularly throughout the Bay of Cdiz.
Assume a global workload of around seven million hours or 6,000 jobs per year for five years. Of these, more than 1,100 will be direct employees in Navantia, more than 1,800 will be in the auxiliary industry and more than 3,000 will be indirect employees of other suppliers. More than 100 aid companies will work together on the program.
The contract, the last ship of which has to be delivered in 2024, includes not only the construction but also five-year life cycle support from the delivery of the first ship with an option for a further five years.
On the other hand, it also includes the provision of various services, such as integrated logistical support, operations and maintenance training, provision of training and training centers for the combat system and the platform control system of ships, support for the operating cycle. Life and systems for the maintenance of ships at the Jeddah Naval Base.
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