Navantia Vice President Commercial Gonzalo Mateo-Guerrero Alcázar has this week visited Australia to witness the float off of Nuship Brisbane
16th Dec 2016
NAVANTIA SIGNALS GROWTH IN AUSTRALIA
Navantia Vice President Commercial Gonzalo Mateo-Guerrero Alcázar has this week visited
Australia to witness the float off of Nuship Brisbane – Australia’s second Air Warfare
The float off in Adelaide comes ahead of sea trials for the vessel which is scheduled for
delivery to the Royal Australian Navy in 2018.
“I’m delighted to be able to again travel to Adelaide – this time to witness the float off of
Brisbane. This is a state of the art ship which will provide the Royal Australian Navy with a
crucial capability as part of a modern and innovative Defence Force”, Mr Mateo-Guerrero
Mr Mateo-Guerrero said Navantia’s involvement in the AWD program had given it insights
into the Australian Government’s focus on defence industry, and welcomed the
Government’s approach to establishing a continuous shipbuilding program.
“With experience in the AWD program; as builder of the two Canberra Class Amphibious
Assault Ships (LHD); and as builder of the two, new replenishment vessels for the RAN,
Navantia has developed a strong understanding of the importance of shipbuilding to ADF
capability and to Australian jobs and industry.
Having this level of experience has allowed Navantia to establish strong partnerships and
networks with Australian industry”, said Mr Mateo-Guerrero ahead of his arrival in
In addition to attending the launch of Nuship Brisbane in Adelaide, Mr Mateo-Guerrero has
travelled to Canberra and Sydney for a series of meetings, and to tour Navantia’s operations
Navantia Australia’s Managing Director, Mr Francisco Barón noted Navantia’s growing
presence in Australia and highlighted the importance of this commitment for current and
“Navantia has a keen understanding of the Australian Government’s focus on Australian
jobs in the area of shipbuilding. We applaud the Australian Government’s focus on
establishing a continuous shipbuilding program and we look forward to providing assistance
to Australia in this endeavour. That’s why Navantia is continuing its commitment to growing
its operations in Australia”, Mr Barón concluded.