Nauta in Poland has launched a new SIGINT ship for the Royal Swedish Navy.
The launching ceremony took place in PGZ Stocznia Wojenna in Gdynia on April the 17th and, according to Saab, was attended by representatives of the Polish government, the Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) and Saab, as well as representatives of the Royal Swedish Navy, the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, Swedish National Defence Radio Establishment, the Embassy of Sweden and invited guests.
The first steel cutting took place in March 2018 followed by the keel-laying three months later. The new ship is 74 metres long with displacement of 2,200 tonnes.
“We are delighted to achieve a significant milestone within the contract for the construction of a signals intelligence ship, which will serve the Royal Swedish Navy”, said Gunnar Wieslander, Senior Vice President, Head of Saab Business Area Kockums.
“The launch of the signal intelligence ship is a significant event in the construction process. The vessel is a showcase of the high quality and technical capabilities of the shipyard and our partners”, said Adam Potrykus, acting President of the Board of Nauta Shiprepair Yard S.A.
Saab was awarded the contract to design and build the SIGINT ship, which will replace the Swedish Navy’s existing HMS Orion, by the Swedish Material Defence Administration in 2017.
Subsequently Saab selected Nauta Shiprepair Yard, part of PGZ Group, to construct, launch and perform the sea trials of the ship.
The new SIGINT ship will be given the name HMS Artemis.