The final of the 4 Argentinian offshore patrol vessels (OPV), OPV 87 A.R.A. Contraalmirante Cordero, was delivered immediately to the Argentine Navy. The supply and commandment handover ceremony of the final vessel of the collection marks the completion of a profitable program. A.R.A. Contraalmirante Cordero has been delivered to the Argentine Navy immediately in Concarneau within the presence of Francisco Cafiero, Secretary for Worldwide Defence Affairs on the Argentine Ministry of Defence, Vice Admiral Enrique Antonio Traina, Deputy Chief of Workers of the Argentine Navy, and Alain Guillou, EVP Worldwide Improvement at Naval Group. It’s a part of the contract signed by Naval Group with Argentina in 2019 for the provision of 4 Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV – “Patrulleros Oceánicos Multipropósito” in Spanish).

The A.R.A. Contraalmirante Cordero is the final vessel of the collection and its supply marks the success of a program that has met all its deadlines: the A.R.A. Bouchard (ex-L’Adroit) was delivered in December 2019 two months forward of schedule, and the second and third offshore patrol vessels A.R.A Piedrabuena and A.R.A Storni had been delivered in April and October 2021, consistent with the unique schedule. This success was made attainable due to the shut collaboration between Naval Group, Kership, and Piriou, who labored aspect by aspect with the Argentinean Navy. The superb total buyer satisfaction fee, measured at 97%, confirms the superb conduct of this program.


Stéphanie Giroud, director of this system at Naval Group added: “It’s with nice pleasure and emotion that we’re delivering the final vessel of the collection to Argentina on the precise date stipulated within the contract and are witnessing the elevating of the Argentinean flag in Brittany for the fourth time. The success of this challenge is a collective one and is as a result of excellence of the connection established with the Argentinean Armada, whose excessive requirements and confidence have motivated our groups to fulfill the shopper’s expectations to the utmost. It’s also the results of a constructive and modern industrial partnership between the groups of Naval Group, Kership, and Piriou.”

Naval Group Delivers the Final Multi-mission Offshore Patrol Vessel for Argentine Navy.

Captain Santiago Villemur, consultant of the Argentinian Navy in France mentioned: “We’re acutely aware that delivering 4 ships in 3 years, coaching the crews, and offering the related logistics providers was an actual problem. Our thanks and gratitude go to all of the women and men of Naval Group and its industrial companions who’ve labored tirelessly to realize this feat. These ships are already contributing to the protection of Argentina’s sovereign pursuits by enabling the Argentine Armada to hold out its missions at sea.”

The Argentine offshore patrol vessels profit from improvements developed by the Naval Group and confirmed by the French Navy, which has operated L’Adroit in a number of oceans for six years for a number of maritime safety operations, alone or in cooperation. The three patrol vessels of the collection constructed in Concarneau provide the identical belongings and options as these of the A.R.A. Bouchard. A number of developments have been included to fulfill the wants of the Argentine Navy as carefully as attainable. Higher armed and motorized than the Bouchard, geared up with an lively stabilization system and a bow thruster, it’s also Ice confirmed, i.e. tailored to navigation within the chilly waters of Antarctica.

This vary of ships additionally advantages from the Naval Group’s experience in data and command methods, permitting for in depth surveillance of the maritime area and the detection of suspicious behaviors. The A.R.A Contraalmirante Cordero is supplied with the POLARIS® system and NiDL® tactical knowledge hyperlink system, particularly developed by the Naval Group for state motion missions at sea and sea-proven by the French Navy. The Offshore Patrol Vessel can keep on excessive seas for greater than three weeks, to achieve a velocity of 20 knots and accommodate a helicopter. Applied by a decreased crew of 40 members, it’s also capable of accommodate about twenty further passengers.