Navantia delivers second Al Jubail-class Saudi corvette
The second Al Jubail-class corvette for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces, Al Diriyah, was delivered on 26 July during a ceremony at Navantia's San Fernando shipyard in Spain.
The delivery of the corvette comes three years after the cutting of the first steel in May 2019.
Saudi Arabia contracted Navantia for five Avante 2200-based Al Jubail-class corvettes in November 2018, with the first ship of the project launched in July 2020.
The first-in-class Al Jubail was delivered in March 2022.
The corvettes have a length of 104m and a beam of 14m providing space to accommodate 102 crew plus additional personnel.
The third corvette in the programme, laid down in August 2020, will be delivered in 2023.
Ships four and five will be finalised and delivered locally in Saudi Arabia by a JV of Navantia and SAMI.
Local work will include installing, integrating and testing the corvette’s complete combat system.
More from Naval Warfare
The commissioning of SAS King Shaka Zulu, a Multi-Mission Inshore Patrol Vessel, into the South African Navy masks serious problems for the service as fleet availability falls dangerously low and capability atrophies.
Babcock has won contracts worth more than £120 million to support the development and delivery of the Dreadnought-class submarines for the UK’s Royal Navy.
With funding from the European Defence Fund and partner countries, the European Patrol Corvette programme has an opportunity to become the standard bearer for defence procurement and potentially offer a route forward for naval shipbuilding in Europe.
Portugal contracts Damen for multi-purpose vessel designed for integrated uncrewed air and sea systems
The new ship’s primary roles will be search and rescue, emergency relief and oceanic research but will also be used for naval support operations and maritime safety.