Navantia launches the fourth Avante 2200 Jazan Al Jubail-class corvette for Saudi Arabia

On July 24, 2021, Spanish shipyard Navantia has launched the fourth Avante 2200 corvette Jazan Al Jubail-class corvette that was built for the Navy of Saudi Arabia.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Spanish shipyard Navantia has launched the fourth Avante 2200 corvette Jazan Al Jubail-class corvette for the Navy of Saudi Arabia, on July 24, 2021. (Picture source Navantia)

On July 12, 2018, the Government of Saudi Arabia has signed a contract for the construction of five corvettes, an operation that reaches an amount of 1,8 billion Euros, the biggest one in the history of the public Spanish shipyards with a foreign client. This contract, which has been negotiated by the kingdom of Saudi Arabia since the year 2015, will suppose a global workforce of about 7 million hours for the shipyards of Bay of Cadiz, Estuary of Ferrol and Cartagena, as well as for his auxiliary industry.

The construction on the corvettes began in January 2019 at the San Fernando shipyard and deliveries are expected to be completed by 2024. The launching of the first of the five Al-Jubail corvettes built for Saudi Arabia was held in July 2020.

The Al Jubail-class is based on the design of the Avante 2200 which is designed to conduct anti-surface warfare (ASuW), electronic warfare, maritime protection, intelligence gathering, search and rescue (SAR), humanitarian aid and marine pollution control, as well as combating smuggling, drug trafficking, and illegal immigration.

The Al Jubail-class corvette is powered by a combined diesel and diesel (CODAD) propulsion system that includes four MTU 12V-1163-TB93 rated at 4,440 kW (5,950 hp) each driving two shafts with Wärtsilä 5C11 CP propeller. The ship can reach a maximum speed of 24 knots (44 km/h) with a maximum cruising range of 3,500 nautical miles (6,500 km) at 18 knots (33 km/h).

Al Jubail-class corvette has a length of 99 m, a beam of 13.6 m, a beam of 14 m, and a displacement of 2,419 tons. The ship has a complement of 92 sailors including the crew and additional personnel

The Al Jubail-class corvette is armed with one Oto Melara 76 mm naval gun, one Oerlikon Millennium 35 mm Naval Revolver Gun System, and two 12.7 mm machine guns. She has a flight deck and a hangar able to accommodate one naval helicopter.