Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) has announced that it signed a contract with Dutch firm Den Breejen Surface Protection.

The contract is for the complete preservation of the Royal Netherlands Navy’s (RNLN) new combat support ship (CSS).

Damen noted that the works are being executed at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania. The combat support ship Den Helder is being constructed at the same site.

The CSS is based on the design of the Joint Support Ship Zr.Ms. Karel Doorman. It is expected to be delivered in 2024 and will help the navy restore maritime supply capacity.

In December 2020, the first steel was cut on the ship. The keel laying ceremony will be held in May this year.

Headquartered in Sliedrecht, Den Breejen employs approximately 1,300 people in the Netherlands.

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Since 1952, it has been engaged in preserving naval ships at home and abroad. Besides its head office in Sliedrecht, the group has a branch in Vlissingen.

The Vlissingen branch coordinates and carries out painting work.

Den Breejen also has a large facility in Romania, which employs about 350 staff.

Damen has been working in close cooperation with Den Breejen for over two decades.

The Dutch firm has painted all new-build ships of the RNLN.

Last month, Damen announced the official start of the European Defense Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP)-funded ‘SEA Defence’ project.