Navantia launches the first Corvette for Saudi Arabia

Date: Issue 100 - August 2020

22 July 2020, Navantia successfully carried out the launching of AL-JUBAIL, the first of five corvettes built for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF). The ceremony was held in slipway number 2 at the San Fernando shipyard, and was chaired by the Commander of RSNF, H. E. Vice Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah AL-GHOFAILY; by the Chairwoman of Navantia, Susana de SARRIÁ; by the Acting CEO of SAMI, Eng. Walid ABUKHALED; and by the Admiral of Logistics Support Bay of Cadiz of Spanish Navy, Vice Admiral Ricardo A. Hernández LÓPEZ (Alardiz).

The ceremony started with a Quran recitation made by RSNF officer. Then a video about the Al-Jubail city (which the vessel has been named after) was played, and a time-lapse video was shown in which several months of construction have been summarized and can be seen in Navantia’s website.