Naval Group’s Services business has won praise from two key clients — the Royal Saudi Naval Forces and the Egyptian Navy — after reports that each had attained record levels of fleet availability. The RSNF’s Al Riyadh-class frigates are now available 200 days/year following a modernisation programme undertaken in Jeddah between late 2017 and early 2018. This is the highest level achieved since Naval Group delivered these type F3000 frigates (according to the Group’s in-house designation) between 2002 and 2004. Work will now begin on the modernisation of two of the Force’s four Al Madinah-class (or type F2000) frigates and its two Boraida-class replenishment oilers which entered service in 1984 and 1986. This programme is scheduled for completion in 2020.
Meanwhile, in Egypt, Naval Group recently signed a major TLS contract covering all French-designed vessels in the Egyptian fleet, whether built in France or locally under a technology transfer contract. This five-year comprehensive fleet TLS contract is the first ever of its type. The agreement covers the FREMM-type multimission frigate Tahya Misr delivered in 2015, the two Gamal Abdel Nasser-class landing helicopter docks, or LHDs, delivered in 2016, and the first Gowind 2500-type corvette, El Fateh, completed in 2017. The moment they are declared operational, the three additional El Fateh-class corvettes currently under construction in Alexandria will join the programme. This agreement demonstrates the Egyptian Navy’s confidence in the quality of Naval Group TLS since 2015. Here too, the availability of the vessels and facilities maintained by Naval Group has been “systematically above 95%”, an enviable achievement.
Source: Mer et Marine. Article by Vincent Groizeleau. Published on 14 December 2018. Translated by Steve Dyson