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Navantia, S.A.
State-owned enterprise
IndustryDefence, Shipbuilding, Engineering
PredecessorEmpresa Nacional Bazán
FoundedJanuary 1, 2005; 14 years ago (2005-01-01)
Area served
Key people
Susana Sarriá (Chairman and President)
ProductsWarships, Hospital ship, Yachts, Ferries, Cargo ships, Platform supply vessels, Dredger, Marine propulsion, Offshore engineering
RevenueIncrease 705 million (2015)
Decrease -226 million (2015)
Decrease -167 million (2015)
OwnerSEPI (100%)
Number of employees
5,500 (2015)
SubsidiariesNavantia Australia
Navantia Systems
Sainsel Sistemas Navales SA

Navantia is a Spanish state-owned shipbuilding company, which offers its services to both military and civil sector. It is the fifth-largest shipbuilder in Europe, and the ninth-largest in the world with shipyards around Spain.

Astilleros Españoles SA had been created in 1967 by merging the Basque shipyards of Euskalduna, La Naval de Sestao and Astilleros de Cádiz. In July 2000 it merged with the public naval shipyards, Empresa Nacional Bazán, to form IZAR.[1] In March 2005 Sociedad Estatal de Participaciones Industriales (SEPI) merged the naval wing of IZAR into Navantia.


Navantia headquarter building
One of the 18th-century doors of the shipyards in Ferrol
Navantia shipyards in Cádiz.

Navantia, the Spanish shipbuilder, 100% owned by SEPI, the Spanish government industrial holding, is engaged in the design, construction and integration of warships, as well as ship repairs & modernizations. It is also engaged in the design and manufacture of Integrated Platform Management Systems, Fire Control Systems, Command and Control systems, Propulsion Plants and through-life support for all its products. Even though its main line of activity is in the naval field, Navantia designs and manufactures systems for the Army and the Air Force.

Navantia has a ship-repair line of activity that goes from regular repairs to refurnishment programmes, including conversions. The company has the facilities and capability for complex repairs comprising LNGs and Cruisers. Navantia has Fleet Maintenance Agreements with ship owners. It also has an important presence in the development of new technologies in the off-shore oil & gas and wind energy markets.

Navantia has experience in building technologically advanced ships like frigates, amphibious ships, patrol vessels, and submarines. Lately it has supplied ships for different navies, including Norway, Australia, Chile, Spain, India, Thailand, and Venezuela. It has also been selected in Turkey as the designer for the LPD program.

Navantia was able to build an Aegis LM system in a much smaller platform of 5000 tons. It has designed and built the F-100 Álvaro de Bazán-class frigates (5 units) for the Spanish Navy and the F-310 Fridtjof Nansen class (5 units) in service at the Royal Norwegian Navy. The Australian Warfare Destroyer, currently under construction, is another Navantia design also based in Navantia F-100 frigate. At present the challenge is the F-110, the future Spanish Frigate that will have to perform new capacities and missions in a changing and challenging international scenario.

The F-310 class frigates are one of the programmes the company has completed. They have participated in various international projects: F310 in Seasquad, USA (2007), F310 in Somalia (2009), F311 exercised with the US Navy in 2008, F313 and F310 exercised with NATO in 2010.

In September 2007, Navantia won the contract, as the main partner, for two amphibious ships for the Royal Australian Navy similar to the LHD Juan Carlos I (L-61) that Navantia has built for the Spanish Navy.

The Spanish submission for the design and construction of these ships, based on the Spanish LHD, was selected because it was seen by Australia as meeting the requirements of the Royal Australian Navy. The contract included the design and construction of the ships, as well as some equipment, e.g. engines and electronic platform control systems, provided by Navantia.

In March 2016 Navantia was selected as the "preferred bidder" to build two logistics support ships for the Royal Australian Navy.[2]

Major projects[edit]

Spanish Navy LHD Juan Carlos I (L-61) on afloat completion stage
Navantia's F-103 AEGIS Frigate from the Spanish Navy
The frigate KNM Fridtjof Nansen of the Royal Norwegian Navy in Oslo

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ASTILLEROS ESPAÑOLES. 1969-2000
  2. ^ "Pre-election promise on shipbuilding sought by Labor, Xenophon, unions after Spain wins naval deal". ABC News. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2016.

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