November 14, 2020 (Google Translation) – Navantia has launched today the second of the five corvettes built for the Saudi Arabian Navy (RSNF), baptized with the name AL-DIRIYAH, in homage to the city from which the Saudi royal family comes, and which today is twinned with San Fernando. The event, which included telematic interventions, was chaired by the Commander of the Saudi Navy, Vice Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al-Ghofaily; by the president of Navantia, Belén Gualda; by SAMI CEO, Walid Abukhaled; and for the AJEMA, Teodoro López Calderón. Likewise, it has had the special participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Arancha González Laya, with a final intervention in which she has valued the commitment of the Government of Spain to this naval program and the desire for future collaborations between both countries.
The ceremony began with the welcome from the director of the shipyard, Javier Herrador, to go on to read a few words from the Koran, made by the Commander of the Saudi Navy. This was followed by a video about the city 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 begun to speeches.
The Commander of the Saudi Navy has highlighted the work of Navantia and the Spanish Navy, “giving the highest to get training for the first crew in Spain, qualified personnel capable of operating and maintaining these ships.” In this sense, the AJEMA has also highlighted the total commitment of the Spanish Navy in this pioneering program, which, beyond construction, implies quality training.
The CEO of SAMI has expressed his appreciation for his government’s support in making it possible for the Al Diriyah corvette and all other corvettes of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces to be equipped with the first Saudi combat management system.
The president of Navantia has had a word of thanks to the entire team that works on this program, both in Spain and in Arabia, and has highlighted Navantia’s intention to collaborate with the Saudi Navy through other future programs.
Next, Commander Fahad Bin Abdullah Al-Ghofaily, has proceeded to cut the ribbon from Arabia and the corvette AL-DIRIYAH has begun its slide down the stands until it touched water for the first time.
The corvette AL-DIRIYAH 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. 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, while 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.
Specifically, it will mean 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 the ships, Support to the Life Cycle, previously mentioned, and the systems for the maintenance of the ships in the Jeddah Naval Base.