Navantia Australia has signed a strategic agreement with the Commonwealth of Australia to strengthen the relationship between them, the company announced.
The agreement provides the collaborative framework that ensures that all current and future ships, designed by Navantia and in service in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), are properly maintained throughout their operational life.
The agreement has been signed in Sydney, aboard the first Navantia-designed air warfare destroyer (AWD) HMAS Hobart, by Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, Chief of the Royal Australian Navy, and President of Navantia Australia, Warren King. Susana de Sarriá Sopeña, President of Navantia, and the Deputy Secretary of Naval Construction, Tony Dalton, are also signatories of the agreement, in person.
“This agreement represents an important milestone in the long relationship of trust that Navantia has maintained with Australia since the early 2000s. This agreement recognizes the importance of Navantia Australia in the panorama of industries critical to the defense and it is also proof of the company’s commitment to internationalization, in which Australia is listed as one of the strategic markets for the company,” said Susana de Sarriá Sopeña, President of Navantia.
“This agreement is an important milestone in the development of the Company’s capabilities, which means that the maintenance and modernizations of the Hobart-class destroyers, LHDs and landing craft, as well as the new logistical support vessels, will be managed by Navantia Australia. It opens an important future in the development of current operations and new solutions supported by digital technologies,” said Warren King, President of Navantia Australia.
Navantia’s relationship with the Royal Australian Navy dates back to the 2000s, first with contracts for the design of AWD destroyers and for the construction of two LHD-type amphibious ships, including 12 landing craft for them, and in 2016 with the contract for the supply of two AOR ships, currently under construction at the Ferrol shipyard. Navantia registered its subsidiary in the country in 2012, which currently provides design and maintenance support services for all classes of ships designed by Navantia.