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First steel cut for Swedish SIGINT ship

7th March 2018 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Polish Nauta Shipyard has begun production of the signals intelligence vessel it is building for the Swedish Navy.

The Nauta Shipyard is building the vessel under a construction contract with Saab signed in 2017; Saab is responsible for the design, construction and delivery of the vessel on behalf of the Swedish FMV.

The special purpose ship will be constructed, launched and tested in Poland and then fitted out at Saab’s shipyard in Karlskrona, Sweden, before being delivered to the Swedish Navy.

Jyrki Kujansuu, vice president, Poland and Baltic States at Saab, said: ‘The steel cutting ceremony marks the successful completion of the ship design stage and the beginning of production work.

'This contract for a special purpose ship, a key asset in any naval portfolio, is very important from the point of view of the end user, the Swedish Navy, and requires special handling from the shipyard doing the work. We remain in daily contact with Nauta and we are pleased the work is progressing according to plan.’

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