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Friday, December 27, 2019 

Working in close cooperation, Damen Shipyards Group, the Mexican Navy, subcontractors and suppliers have completed successful sea trials of the Mexican Navy’s POLA-class 'ARM Reformador'.

The programme of sea trials included testing of platform and combat systems in addition to training Mexican Navy crews. The project as a whole is progressing on budget and a few weeks ahead of the contracted schedule.

The ARM Reformador is the latest example a Damen partnership with navies around the world to build vessels in local yards. In this way, the Dutch shipbuilding company is using its experience and expertise to build technologically sophisticated naval vessels in customers' or third party yards.

Damen has built and delivered over 10 vessels of various designs for Mexico in this way, and has worked closely with yards like Astimar 20  in Salina Cruz, Mexico, where the ARM Reformador was built. These collaborative efforts allow a significant transfer of technology and knowledge into the Mexican shipbuilding industry.

“This project is having a very positive impact on the local economy. More than 70% of the labour is being realised in Mexico – creating jobs and enabling local companies to develop their skills,” said Horacio Delgado, Damen’s commercial manager for Mexico. “Thanks to our excellent cooperation with the Mexican Navy, we are ensuring that this vessel is being built in Mexico, by Mexicans, and for Mexicans.”

The 107-metre long POLA-class ARM Reformador is the Mexican equivalent of Damen’s Sigma Frigate 10514, and thus the new Mexican ship is to a proven design that benefits from knowledge possessed by the Dutch naval shipbuilding industry.

“This shows the real value of the project,” said Frank Verhelst, POLA project director, Damen. “Combining the many benefits of local construction with the high quality of Dutch naval shipbuilding – from Damen and our network of trusted suppliers and partners.”

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