The five blocks to be built in Ferrol and Fene (image : Navantia)
On 18 October, Navantia-Ferrol Fene has begun the construction of five blocks for the second Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) of the Royal Australian Navy.
Such a start was made on the premises of Aceros de Ferrol, with cut sheet for the block number 109.
The five blocks to be built will be the 109, 103 and 101, to be held in the premises of Ferrol, and 107 and 105 to be made in Fene facilities. Previously block 603 for the dome area of the ship, was also built at Fene.
It is expected that the contract for the execution of these five blocks, which was approved by the Australian Government last May, be signed shortly, once the scope of all technical requirements have been agreed. The realization of these blocks will be a workload of 410,000 man-hours.
In 2007, Navantia won the contract to design and support of three AWD, based on the proposed F-105 Frigate of the Spanish Armada, as well as certain equipment and systems for these vessels.