Spanish state-owned shipbuilder Navantia held a steel-cutting ceremony for the first of five corvettes for the Saudi Arabian Navy at its San Fernando shipyard in the Bay of Cadiz on 15 January.
Work on the corvettes, which are based on Navantia’s Avante 2200 design, is being carried out under a EUR1.81 billion (USD2.1 billion) contract signed in 2018.
According to Navantia, three ships are expected to be under construction by the end of 2019, with two at keel-laying stage.
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