Spanish shipbuilder, Navantia has launched the second Avante 2200 corvette Al Diriyah (830) for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) throughout a ceremony at its San Fernando shipyard on Nov. 14.
The occasion, which included teleconference, was attended by the Commander of the Saudi Navy Vice Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al-Ghofaily; President of Navantia, Belén Gualda; CEO of Saudi Arabian Navy Industries (SAMI) Walid Abukhaled; and Spanish Chief of Employees of the Navy (AJEMA) Teodoro López Calderón.
The corvette is called Al Diriyah in homage to town from which the Saudi royal household comes, and which as we speak is twinned with San Fernando.
The contract for the construction of five Avante 2200 corvettes was signed between Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Navantia last year, for €1.8 billion. The deal represented the biggest within the historical past of Spanish public shipyards with a overseas shopper.
This system began in 2018 and the final vessel will probably be delivered in 2024. As well as, Navantia will probably be chargeable for life cycle assist for 5 years, from the supply of the primary vessel, with an choice for an extra 5 years. The contract additionally contains the availability of varied providers equivalent to built-in logistic assist, operational and upkeep coaching, provide of Coaching and Coaching Facilities for the Fight System and Platform Management System for ships, Help for Life Cycle, and the programs for the upkeep of the ships within the Naval Base.
Navantia began construction of the first corvette, named Al Jubail (828), throughout a ceremony on the San Fernando shipyard, on Jan 15, 2019, with the keel of the vessel laid later that 12 months. The ship’s launch came about on July 22, 2020. Navantia laid the keel for the third Saudi Avante 2200 corvette on August 6, 2020.
Saudi Avante 2200 Corvettes:
The brand new corvettes, based mostly on Navantia’s Avante 2200 Combatant design, will probably be tailored to Royal Saudi Navy necessities providing superior options, together with behaviour at sea, excessive survival capability and working capability at excessive temperatures within the space of the Gulf, all with an optimum life cycle price.
The design of the corvettes is state-of-the-art, maximizing on the identical time the participation of Navantia incorporating its personal merchandise such because the CATIZ fight system, the HERMESYS built-in communications system, the DORNA firing route, the Built-in Platform Management System, (IPCS) the MINERVA built-in bridge and motors and gearboxes.
The corvettes have a displacement of over 2,500 tons, a hull size of 98.9 m and a most velocity of 25 knots. The vessel has a crew complement of 92. They’ll accommodate a 10t class helicopter and may deploy two 5.5m Inflexible-Hulled Inflatable Boats (RHIB).
Venezuelan Navy already operates 4 ocean patrol vessels (Spanish: Patrullero Oceánico de Vigilancia de la Zona Económica Exclusiva, POVZEE) based mostly on Avante 2200 Combatant design identified in Venezuelan service as Guaiquerí-class. As compared with the Venezuelan vessels, the Saudi corvettes will probably be closely armed and extra multirole.