July 6, 2006
ADSB starts corvette construction
The biggest ever naval construction project in the Arabian Gulf Region was officially launched yesterday with the keel laying ceremony of a corvette at Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB).
The vessel is one of six being built by ADSB for the UAE Navy. The ceremony was presided over by the Commander of the UAE Navy, Major General Mohammed Mahmood Ahmed Al-Madani, who described the event as a "momentous and proud occasion for the UAE Navy and Abu Dhabi Ship Building."
The Baynunah class vessels are highly advanced 71 metre multi-mission corvettes that will be fitted with cutting edge combat systems with the capability to perform a wide range of military operations, including defense against both air and surface threats.
They are designed by the French company, Constructions Mecaniques de Normandie (CMN).
The First of Class vessel is being built at CMN's Cherbourg yard under subcontract from ADSB and the remaining five will be built at ADSB's yard in Abu Dhabi.
In yesterday's ceremony, Major General Al-Madani lowered a 23.7 meter block weighing 66 tonnes into position in the ADSB Assembly Halls.
Designated C201, the block, which will be in a central position in the completed vessel, will contain machinery and engineering spaces for mechanical systems.
As the Baynunah program gathers pace, ADSB will be building five vessels simultaneously.
Work on the second corvette to be built in Abu Dhabi also began yesterday when Major General Al-Madani pressed a button to start up the computer-controlled plasma cutting machine to begin cutting steel for that vessel.
ADSB's CEO William Saltzer said: "The keel laying is a major milestone for ADSB. Having this event take place on the same day that we are also starting to cut steel for the next 'Baynunah' Corvette demonstrates the excellent capabilities that have been developed here in Abu Dhabi for both high quality and high volume production of sophisticated naval vessels."