Last week was marked by visits to suppliers in the Dutch naval shipbuilding sector by the managing directors of Swedish Saab Kockums and Dutch Damen Naval. During these visits to the Dutch supplying companies, the main subject was the Walrus class replacement project, for which the Swedish-Dutch combination Saab Damen is in the race.
For this occasion, the new Swedish ambassador, Johannes Oljelund, visited the shipyard and the headquarters of Damen Naval in Vlissingen. He was accompanied by Rear Admiral Andreas Olsson, the Swedish Defence Attaché Captain (N) Antoon Hertogs, and the British Defence Attaché Colonel (RM) Mark Maddick.
The group visited the future location where the Saab-Damen team is preparing the production, integration and outfitting of the new submarines for the Royal Netherlands Navy. They were also informed in detail, by the Swedish-Dutch team, about the development of new submarines for the Royal Netherlands Navy. The aim is to build the best boat for the men and women of the submarine service who must be able to do their complex work underwater safely for decades into the future.
The key to developing and building these new submarines is a balanced European cooperation. This is already materialising in the already six-year cooperation between Saab and Damen. In the Saab-Damen proposal, the existing Dutch supply chain will be intensively involved in the construction. In addition, cooperation between the golden triangle of industry, defence, and knowledge institutes of both countries will be provided.