Navantia launches third of the five corvettes built for Royal Saudi Naval Forces
The third of five corvettes designed for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces, Hail 832, was launched today (March 28) by Navantia (RSNF). The ship is named after the city of HAIL in Saudi Arabia's northwestern region.
Given the tides and winds, the launch took place at 16.15 local time, which was the most suitable time.
Navantia has decided to cancel the launching ceremony originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 30th, due to the weather forecast for the next few days, which predicts strong winds in the region.
Instead, the launching was held as a working event at the Navantia shipyard in San Fernando. Captain Abdullah Alsheri, Program Officer Avante 2200, on behalf of His Excellency Vice-Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al-Ghofaily, was present at the launching, as was Chief Operations Officer Gonzalo Mateo-Guerrero and the director of Navantia Baha de Cádiz shipyards, José Antonio Rodrguez Poch.
After slipping along the slipway, the corvette touched the water, and the ship's construction will continue in the water until December 2022, when it will be delivered to the Royal Saudi Naval Forces. Both the Saudi and Spanish national anthems were played.
The Corvette HAIL is the third of five Avante 2200 corvettes being designed by Navantia. It will be able to carry a total of 102 people, including crew and passengers, with a length of 104 meters and a beam of 14 meters. It will hit a top speed of 27 knots and, among other things, will be able to bear provisions for 21 days on board.
Maritime Business World