Navantia launches the Al-Diriyah, the second corvette for Saudi Arabia

Last Saturday, the launch of the second corvette of the Saudi program, the RSNF Al-Diriyah, took place at the Navantia facilities in San Fernando, in homage to the city from which the Saudi royal family comes and which is associated with the Cadiz community of San Fernando. In the case of the pandemic situation derived from the coronavirus, Navantia offered to start streaming, relying on telematic interventions.

The event was chaired by the Saudi Navy commander, Vice Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al-Ghofaily, the President of Navantia, Beln Gualda, and the CEO of SAMI, Walid Abukhaled. and from Admiral Chief of Staff of the Navy (AJEMA), Teodoro Lpez Caldern. With a concluding intervention, Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzlez Laya honored the commitment of the Spanish government to this naval program and the desire for future cooperation between the two countries. .

The ceremony started with a greeting by the director of the shipyard, Javier Herrador, to read a few words from the corn that the commander of the Saud Navy had made. This was followed by a video about the city of Al-Diriyah (the city that gives the ship its name) and a video from Navantia about the preparations for the launch of the ship, after which the anthems of Saudi Arabia and Spain have given Talk.

The commander of the Saud Navy highlighted the work of Navantia and the Spanish Navy and gave the utmost to achieve the training of the first crew in Spain, qualified personnel able to operate and maintain these ships. With this in mind, AJEMA has also highlighted the unreserved commitment of the Spanish Navy to this groundbreaking program, which requires high quality training beyond construction.

The CEO of SAMI has expressed his appreciation for his government’s support in making it possible to equip the Al Diriyah corvette and all other corvettes of the Royal Saudi Arabian Naval Forces with the first Saudi combat management system.

The President of Navantia has given a word of thanks to the entire team working on this program in both Spain and Arabia and has highlighted the purpose of Navantia to work with the Saudi Navy on other future programs.

Next, Commander Fahad Bin Abdullah Al-Ghofaily cut the ribbon from Arabia and the Corvette Al Diriyah began sliding down the stands until it hit water for the first time. The corvette has a length of 104 meters, a width of 14 meters and can transport a total of 102 people between the crew and passengers. It reaches a top speed of 27 knots and can carry supplies for 21 days.

The design of the corvettes is of the latest generation and at the same time maximizes the participation of Navantia by integrating its own products such as the CATIZ combat system, the integrated communication system HERMESYS, the DORNA fire direction and the integrated control system platform and the integrated MINERVA bridge as well as others from Devices developed under license by Navantia, such as MTU engines or RENK transmissions.

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. In particular, a worldwide workload of around seven million hours is assumed, which will be converted into employment and will reach 6,000 per year over the next 5 years. Of these, more than 1,100 will be direct employees, 1,800 employees in the auxiliary industry of Navantia and more than 3,000 indirect employees from other suppliers. More than 100 aid companies will be working on it.

The program, the last ship of which is 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 the option of a further five years. On the other hand, the contract also includes the provision of various services such as integrated logistical support, operational and maintenance training, provision of training and training centers for the combat system and the platform control system of ships as well as support on the aforementioned lifecycle and the systems for the maintenance of the ships in the Jeddah Naval Base.

Photo: The moment the corvette is gliding (Navantia)

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