Navantia floats out lead ship of new corvette class for Saudi Arabia
Spanish builder Navantia floated out a new warship at its San Fernando facilities on Thursday, July 23.
The future Al Jubail is the lead ship of a new class of corvettes being built by Navantia for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF).
The vessel honours Jubail, a Saudi port city situated west of the Persian Gulf. It will have a length of 104 metres, a beam of 14 metres, a speed of 27 knots, an endurance of 21 days, and accommodations for 102 crew and other personnel.
The launching of the future Al Jubail comes exactly one week after Navantia cut the first steel for the fifth corvette in the class, which will be named Unayzah after a city just north of the Saudi capital of Riyadh.
All five corvettes in the class are expected to be delivered by 2024.
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