Spain-based Navantia Shipyard has delivered the Algerian Navy’s logistic support and landing ship, after completing the repair, modernisation and life extension works.
Started in June 2014, the modernisation work on the vessel, named 472 BDSL Kalaat Beni Hammad, was carried out by Navantia Ferrol Estuary.
The project involved approximately 200 workers, in addition to other production units, such as systems and motors.
The latest development marks the completion of the modernisation programme for two units of the Algerian Navy.
The first unit, the BDSL 473 Kalaat Beni Rached, was delivered in June 2014 after completing the modernisation works.
According to Navantia, the work and collaboration of the Algerian delegations and crew with Navantia’s technicians has been highly successful.
This has resulted in the successful completion of the programme in terms of time, quality and performance, the company stated.
The company also added that the successful completion of the project may offer Navantia the opportunity to participate in the Algerian Navy’s future naval programmes.
In May this year, Navantia launched the final fast landing craft (LLC), constructed for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).
The launch of the vessel was part of a contract awarded to Navantia in 2011 for the supply of 12 LLCs to the RAN.
RAN’s new vessel features a flexible loading capacity, which is capable of accommodating an Abrams vehicle, several army vehicles, fusiliers’ company, or a 20ft container truck.
Image: Ria de Ferrol Repairs director Lorenzo Miguel Rodriguez and Algeria’s naval seaworthiness committee CER president during the delivery of Kalaat Beni Hammad. Photo: courtesy of Navantia