Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz takes part in a symbolic coin ceremony at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding

Damen Sigma 10514 integral part of Mexican Navy fleet modernisation project

August 17, 2017 Photo(s): By Damen Shipyards Group

On Thursday 17th August, the Secretary of the Mexican Navy, Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz, took part in a symbolic coin ceremony at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) at Vlissingen in the Netherlands. He was accompanied by the Secretary of National Defense, General Salvador Cienfuegos. The ceremony is a part of the shipbuilding process, traditionally aimed at attracting good fortune for a vessel under construction. On this occasion, the vessel is a Damen Sigma 10514 Long Range Patrol Vessel.

The Mexican Navy is a long-standing client of Damen and currently operates no fewer than ten Damen vessels in its fleet. The project for a Sigma 10514 was signed earlier this year.

As with the previous Sigma vessels Damen built for the Indonesian Navy, the vessel for Mexico will be constructed modularly, with shipbuilding activities taking place in both the Netherlands and Mexico. Two of the six modules will be constructed at DSNS' location in Vlissingen, whilst the remaining four will be built ata Mexican Shipyard. Upon conclusion, the six modules will be integrated in Mexico. This way Damen contributes to the development of the shipbuilding capabilities of the Mexican Naval Industry related to control, propulsion, and detection systems.

A Damen spokesperson said of the contract, "We are extremely proud to have been chosen for this high profile project. This vessel will once again demonstrate Damen's capabilities to build for any country in the world in order to meet client requirements. The Sigma 10514 will play a key role in the Mexican Navy's plans to modernise its fleet."

The Sigma 10514 is designed to undertake a wide range of missions. The vessel will allow the Mexican Navy to participate in international exercises, humanitarian missions, and to increase its presence in its territorial watersand Economic Exclusive Zone of the country.

Damen CEO Rene Berkvens with Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz presenting the coin during the keel-laying ceremony of the Mexican Navy's Damen Sigma 10514
First row from left to right: Mr René Berkvens (CEO Damen Shipyards Group), General Cienfuegos Zépeda (Minister of National Defense for Mexico), General Tom Middendorp (Commander of the Netherlands Armed Forces), Admiral Soberón Sanz (Minister of the Navy for Mexico)
Second row from left to right: Mr Machiel Venema (Sales Director for Mexico, Damen Shipyards), Rear Admiral Vàzquez de Zárate (Programmes & Plans Director), Vice Admiral Sierra Rodriguez (Director General Naval Construction), Rear Admiral Padilla (Naval Attaché), Mr Verhelst (POLA Programme Director Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding), Mr Arnout Damen (COO Damen Shipyards Group)