March 28, 2021 (Google Translation) – Navantia has launched this Sunday the third of the five corvettes that it is building in the Bay of Cádiz shipyards for the Royal Navy of Saudi Arabia (RSNF), which bears the name of HAIL, in tribute to this city in the north of the country.
Launching took place at 4.15 pm, the ideal time depending on the tides and the wind. Precisely, the weather forecast for the next few days, which includes strong winds in the Bay, has advised canceling the ceremony that was scheduled for this Tuesday, March 30.
Instead, the launch has taken 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 Bahía de Cádiz, José Antonio Rodríguez Poch, and Captain Abdullah Alsheri, liaison officer of the Avante 2200 Program, on behalf of the Vice Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al-Ghofaily, Commander of the Royal Saudi Arabian Navy.
The corvette has slid down the stands until it touches the water and its construction will continue in this medium until its delivery, scheduled for December 2022. During the launch, the anthems of Spain and Saudi Arabia have been heard.
The HAIL corvette is the third of the five that make up the Avante 2200 program. It has a length of 104 meters, a beam of 14 and will be capable of transporting a total of 102 people between crew and passengers. It will reach a maximum speed of 27 knots and, among other things, it has the capacity to carry supplies for 21 days.
The design of the corvettes is state-of-the-art, at the same time maximizing Navantia’s participation through the incorporation of its own products, such as the CATIZ combat system, the HERMESYS integrated communications system, the DORNA fire direction, the Integrated Control System. Platform and the MINERVA integrated bridge, together with other equipment developed by Navantia under license, such as MTU motors, RENK gearboxes.
This contract, in force since November 2018, strengthens the immediate future of Navantia and benefits all the company’s shipyards and its auxiliary industry, especially the entire Bay of Cádiz.
It will mean a global workload of around seven million hours, or 6,000 jobs annually for five years. Of these, more than 1,100 will be direct employees in Navantia, more than 1,800 correspond to the auxiliary industry and more than 3,000 are indirect employees generated by other suppliers. More than 100 auxiliary companies will collaborate in the program.
The contract, whose last vessel must be delivered in 2024, includes, in addition to construction, Life Cycle Support for five years, from the delivery of the first vessel, with the option of another five additional years.
On the other hand, it 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 Platform Control System of ships, Support for the Cycle of Life and systems for the maintenance of ships at the Jeddah Naval Base.