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May 11, 2021

Naval Group launches third Argentinian offshore patrol vessel

Naval Group has launched the third Gowind-class multi-mission offshore patrol vessel (OPV), ARA Storni, of the Argentinian Navy.

The company is building four OPVs ordered by Argentina as part of a contract signed in 2018.

This contract includes the refurbishment of Naval Group-built OPV L’Adroit and three new-build vessels.

The OPVs are being built in France by Kership, a joint venture between Naval Group and Piriou.

Of the four vessels, ARA Bouchard (former L’Adroit) was delivered in December 2019 and the first of the three new-build vessels ARA Piedrabuena was delivered last month.

Naval Group programme director Jean-Claude Flandrin said: “The programme continues to progress at a very steady pace, with the delivery on time of a vessel every six months, despite the global sanitary situation.

“The delivery of the ARA Storni should take place in October this year, in line with the contract schedule.”

According to the company, ARA Storni offers the same features as that of the ARA Piedrabuena and is better armed compared to ARA Bouchard.

Some of the features of ARA Storni include an active stabilisation system and a bow thruster, the POLARIS system and NiDL tactical data link system.

Naval Group Latin America sales director Olivier Michel said: “We are proud of the trust that the Argentine Navy has placed in Naval Group for the supply of these latest-generation multipurpose vessels that will enable the country to carry out its sovereign missions.

“Their timely delivery despite the sanitary context demonstrates the group’s commitment to its Client.”

The 87m-long vessel has a displacement capacity of 1,650t, an endurance of more than 7,000nm, and a maximum speed of over 20 knots.

It can accommodate 59 crew and passengers and comprises boarding capacity for two 9m light crafts and one 10t class helicopter.

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