Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden has visited the Undersea Defense Technology trade fair in Ahoy in Rotterdam. She stopped by the SAAB-Damen booth to underline the importance of the innovative partnerships involving the Netherlands and Sweden. SAAB and the Dutch shipbuilder hope to win the contract together for the replacement of the Dutch Walrus-class submarines.

The Swedish Crown Princess is visiting the Netherlands as part of the sixtieth anniversary of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands and she visited a range of start-ups and innovative companies on June 7 and 8.

During her visit, Princess Victoria made one stop at the Undersea Defense Technology fair. At the SAAB-Damen stand, she was briefed about the companies’ shared ambition to be at the absolute forefront of non-nuclear submarine technology in collaboration with the Royal Netherlands Navy and a large number of Dutch suppliers. The ongoing development of submarine expertise in the successor to the Walrus class will give the maritime industry in both countries a huge boost. The SAAB and Damen co-operation has been going on for years already and is still intensifying.

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Swedish order for Damen

Later on the same day, it was announced that Damen had won a tender from the Swedish Ministry of Defence to supply four ice-strengthened tugs. The 17-metre-long StanTugs 1706 ICE will be delivered next year and deployed in the ports of Stockholm and Karlskrona. The Damen Oskarhamnsvarvet in Sweden will act as a service hub for these vessels, adding to the close connections of Damen with Sweden and its defence organisation.

Picture: Crown Princess Victoria at the SAAB-Damen booth at the UDT fair in Rotterdam. From left to right: Lars Tossman, (CEO SAAB Kockums), Stina Billinger (Swedish State Secretary for Business, Industry and Innovation), Crown Princess Victoria and Hein van Ameijden (managing director Damen Naval) (image: Jerry Lampen).

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