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First of five new Royal Saudi Naval Forces corvettes launched

31st July 2020 - 19:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Spanish shipbuilder Navantia launched the first of five corvettes being manufactured for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces in a ceremony at the San Fernando facility on 22 July. 

The Al Jubail has a length of 104m, a beam of 14m and will be able to accommodate 102 crew and additional personnel. The corvette is designed to reach a maximum speed of 27kt and capable of sustaining operations for 21 days. 

The corvettes are the latest generation of Navantia-designed combatants and incorporates the CATIZ CMS, DORNA FCS, a 76mm main gun from Leonardo, Rheinmetall 35mm CIWS, MTU propulsion and RENK gearboxes. 

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