Polish shipyard begins construction of Swedish naval ship

The construction of a reconnaissance vessel for the Royal Swedish Navy has begun at the Nauta Shipyard in Gdynia, a port city on the Baltic coast of Poland. The unit will be built in Poland and equipped in Sweden. The work is to be completed by 2020.

"The contract for the construction of a reconnaissance ship, a key unit in the fleet, is very important for the Swedish Navy and requires a high level of quality work to be carried out by the shipyard," said Jyrki Kujansuu, vice president of Saab Swedish armament group for Poland and the Baltic countries. “We are in constant contact with Nauta and we are pleased that all work is proceeding according to schedule," he added.

The contract for the construction of a reconnaissance vessel is the result of an agreement concluded in 2016, for cooperation on naval projects between Saab and the Polish Armaments Group (PGZ). "Saab is constantly striving to expand cooperation with Polish industry, as evidenced by, among other commissions, one by the Base Group, to build components for Swedish A26 submarines,"  according to the press release.

The value of the contract between Nauta and Saab is confidential.

The Nauta Shipyard belongs to the PGZ. It has one 380 metre dry dock and four floating docks. Nauta says on its website that it is "fully equipped to perform the most advanced ship repairs and conversions, as well as the production of new ships and ship structures."