Spanish shipbuilding company Navantia has delivered the second of five vessels, Al-Diriyah, under the Royal Saudi Navy Forces’ (RSNF) Avante 2200 programme.
The vessel’s delivery was marked by a ceremony hosted by Navantia at its shipyard in San Fernando, Cádiz, Spain.
It was attended by various officials from the RSNF and Spanish Navy, including RSNF commander vice-admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al-Ghofaily and Spanish Navy procurement director admiral Aniceto Rosique.
During the ceremony, a Joint Inspection Commission comprising of members from the RSNF and Navantia went on board the ship to conduct a mandatory inspection in accordance with the military protocol.
Following the inspection, the vessel’s flag was raised and command was transferred to the commanding officer of Al-Diriyah.
Delivery of vessel 547 or Al-Diriyah comes after three years of its first steel cut, which was performed in May 2019.
Constructed at Navantia’s shipyard in the Bay of Cadiz, the vessel has completed sea trials in the Bay of Cadiz.
Al-Ghofaily said: “Alsarawat and many other RSNF ambitious acquisition programmes are a clear commitment of the RSNF toward fulfilling strategic goals of kingdom vision 2030 by creating a new era of sophisticated Naval capabilities to face challenges of today and tomorrow while increasing strength of national domestic military industry.
“Since last January, the ship has gone through intensive sea trials to become, today, ready and fully capable to perform her assigned missions protecting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and defending its interests.”
In November 2018, Navantia was awarded a contract to construct five Avante 2200 corvettes for the RSNF.
The company recently handed over the first Avante 2200 vessel, HMS Al Jubail, to the RSNF.