July 24, 2021 (Google Translation) – Navantia has launched this Saturday the fourth of the five corvettes that it is building in the Bay of Cádiz shipyards for the Royal Saudi Arabian Navy (RSNF), which bears the name of JAZAN, in homage to this city in the southwest of the country.
The ceremony, held at the San Fernando shipyard, was attended by the Commander of the Royal Saudi Navy, Vice Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al-Ghofaily; the Admiral Chief of Staff of the Navy (AJEMA), Admiral General Antonio Martorell Lacave; the president of the State Society of Industrial Participations (SEPI), Belén Gualda; the president of Navantia, Ricardo Domínguez; the vice president of Saudi Arabia Military Industries (SAMI), Wael Alsarhan, representing the CEO of the company, Walid Abukhaled, who has attended the event online and the mayor of San Fernando, Patricia Cavada. The launching ceremony has been carried out with sanitary security measures.
The event began with a reading of the Koran, followed by the projection of several videos, about the city of Jazan (which gives the ship its name), about the Avante 2200 program and about the construction of this fourth corvette. The person in charge of welcoming has been the director of the shipyard and head of Defense of Navantia in the Bay, José Antonio Rodriguez Poch.
At the ceremony, the president of Navantia, Ricardo Domínguez, underlined Navantia’s commitment to this program, which he described as “strategic” for the company, and to Saudi Arabia: “You can count on Navantia as a reliable partner for maintenance of ships in their life cycle and for future opportunities ”.
Ricardo Domínguez has valued the investments that Navantia is undertaking to digitize and introduce new technologies in the shipyard to make it “more efficient” and “build ships in less time and with higher quality”. It has also welcomed the Saudi teams who have started their training at the recently opened Navantia Training Center (NTC), which has state-of-the-art technological equipment.
In addition, he had words of appreciation for the Spanish Navy, the Royal Saudi Navy and the Ministries of Defense of both countries for their “valuable collaboration to make the program a success”, as well as for the program teams and the workers for the effort. done. “Your dedication, knowledge and good work allow us to proclaim with satisfaction that Navantia fulfills its commitments. This fourth ship, which will soon be at the customer’s disposal, will be another proof of the good work of this shipyard, of which we should be very proud ”, he stated.
For its part, AJEMA, Admiral General Antonio Martorell Lacave, stressed that the corvette “is an unequivocal demonstration of Spain’s industrial capacity in the field of shipbuilding and its strong commitment to technological innovation.”
Admiral Martorell Lacave thanked Vice Admiral Al-Ghofaily and the entire Royal Saudi Navy for “the trust placed in the Spanish Navy to supervise the execution of this ambitious and pioneering naval program”, highlighting that “this is the first time that the The Spanish Navy has embarked on such a far-reaching naval program ”.
“A clear proof of this commitment, and of the constant progress of the program, is the effort made in training the crew of the first corvette. An example has been the specialization courses in Combat, Operations, Communications, Navigation and Deck, Propulsion and Electricity, as well as the training in tactical procedures that is currently being carried out in the Fleet Tactical Simulator ”, he said.
The Commander of the Royal Saudi Navy has highlighted the importance of the ALSARAWAT (Avante 2200) project, “one of the most important procurement programs and a clear indicator of the commitment of the Royal Saudi Navy in its ambitious goal of developing a new era of innovative capabilities. and avant-garde aligned with the strategic Vision 2030 of the Kingdom ”.
In addition, he underlined that the launch of the JAZAN corvette, the fourth launched in a year, is a significant achievement that amply demonstrates Navantia’s commitment to the program and noted that the success of the program will establish a solid foundation for the strategic partnership with Navantia. Vice Admiral Fahad Al-Ghofaily has also expressed his gratitude and appreciation to AJEMA for the important support that the Spanish Navy has provided to the project.
SAMI’s CEO, through the company’s vice president, wanted to emphasize that SAMI is “proud of its strategic partnership with RSNF and Navantia.” “The launch of JAZAN, the fourth of the five Avante 2200 corvettes, will reinforce the capabilities of the RSNF fleet, highlighting the great interest in the naval industries sector and the commitment to develop its new systems and requirements.” .
“SAMI is dedicated to developing Saudi Arabia’s military industries and enhancing indigenous naval technology capabilities, as well as helping to support the Kingdom’s defense ecosystem. This aims to achieve self-sufficiency in the sector by enhancing the technical capabilities of RSNF. This achievement is consistent with the efforts of the Public Investment Fund through SAMI to locate cutting edge technology and defense systems and build strategic economic partnerships. SAMI plays a fundamental role in supporting the localization of 50% of the Kingdom’s military spending and in improving local capacities in accordance with the Saudi Vision 2030 objectives, ”he stated.
The ceremony concluded when Vice Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al-Ghofaily cut the ribbon, with which the corvette JAZAN, after receiving the impact of the bottle with water from Mecca, has slid down the stands until it touched water for the first time . Work on the corvette will continue in the water until its delivery, scheduled for April 2023.
During his visit, Commander Al-Ghofaily visited the San Fernando shipyard and got to know the Navantia Training Center (NTC), a center equipped with state-of-the-art technology where sailors and corvettes maintainers are receiving training. In addition, he has learned about the Land Based Training Site (LBTS) and simulators, and the Technology Transfer (ToT) program that is part of the construction of the corvettes.
The Avante 2200 program
The JAZAN corvette is the fourth of the five that make up the Avante 2200 program. It has a length of 104 meters, a beam of 14 and will be able to transport a total of 102 people between crew and passengers.
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 2019, strengthens the immediate future of Navantia and benefits all the company’s shipyards and its auxiliary industry, especially the entire Bay of Cádiz.
It assumes a global workload of around seven million hours that, translated into employment, will reach the figure of 6,000 annually for the next 5 years.Of these, more than 1,100 will be direct employees, more than 1,800 employees of the Auxiliary Industry of Navantia and more than 3,000 indirect employees generated by other suppliers. There will be more than 100 auxiliary companies that collaborate in it.
The program, whose last ship must be delivered in 2024, includes, in addition to construction, Life Cycle Support for five years, from the delivery of the first ship, with the option of another five additional years.
On the other hand, the contract also includes the supply of various services, such as integrated logistical support, operational and maintenance training, supply of Training and Training Centers for the Combat System and Platform Control System of ships, Support to the Life Cycle, previously mentioned, and the systems for the maintenance of the ships in the Jeddah Naval Base.