Keel-laying Ceremony for Swedish SIGINT Ship Built at Polish Naval Shipyard
STOCKHOLM — The keel-laying ceremony for the new Swedish signals intelligence (SIGINT) ship took place at the PGZ Stocznia Wojenna, located in Gdynia, Poland, Saab AB said in a June 15 release. The event was attended by representatives from Saab, the Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) and invited guests.
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 FMV in 2017. Subsequently, it selected Nauta Shiprepair Yard, belonging to PGZ Group, to perform the construction, launch and early sea trials of the vessel. Cooperation in ship construction between Saab and PGZ is a direct result of the agreement, signed in late 2016, to establish a close partnership in the planning and delivery of naval programs.
“Special-purpose ships are primarily used for the interception and analysis of radio-transmitted signals and need to be highly reliable and available. Therefore, you need highly skilled shipbuilders to build this kind of ship. We are very pleased with the progress of the construction process, and it was a pleasure to attend the keel-laying ceremony at the PGZ Stocznia Wojenna, our partner in this project,” said Gunnar Wieslander, head of Saab Kockums.
“The keel-laying ceremony was an important event in this special shipbuilding project, and we are pleased to celebrate it with our Swedish partners. We know the special-purpose vessel is very important for the Swedish Navy and we are treating the construction as a high-priority undertaking,” said Marcin Dabrowski, chairman of the Management Board, Nauta Shiprepair Yard.
The steel-cutting for the ship took place in March. Before the ship is delivered to the Swedish Navy, it will undergo final sea trials and installation of equipment with Saab Kockums in Karlskrona. The new ship will be 74 meters long with a displacement of 2,200 tons.