Damen Naval is the dedicated naval shipbuilding division of the Damen Shipyards Group, which brings together all the naval activities of the group, both in the Netherlands and abroad. With roots stretching back almost 150 years, Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding is a core part of Damen Naval. Having delivered more than 400 vessels to customers all around the world, we are a trusted partner in the international marketplace, known for our role as full-service provider, or integrator, throughout the lifecycle of our products. While taking pride in our heritage, we are looking towards the future.
Royal Schelde was founded in the year 1875 and became a member of the Damen Shipyards Group in 2000. Still, under the name of Damen Naval, we produce naval vessels that have a long lifespan, by offering cutting-edge technology and cost-efficient design solutions. We are committed to helping protect the security interests of our customers at sea and providing a safe and pleasant working environment for their crews. We are dedicated to making the most of our skills to support the development of a sustainable shipbuilding industry in the client country. This includes through building on location, training and extensive knowledge transfer programmes. To ensure we meet these goals, we aim to attract and retain the best and brightest talents and invest in the latest technologies.
We are proud of our long tradition of serving the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN), the launching customer of eight successive generations of Damen Combatants. This relationship continues today with the contract to build the RNLN’s new Combat Support Ship, the new Anti-Submarine Warfare Frigates (ASWF) for both the Netherlands and Belgium, and our preselection as one of the parties – along with partner SAAB – for the Walrus Class Submarine Replacement Programme.
We have delivered more than 400 vessels since 1875 to satisfied customers all over the world and have earned a reputation for excellence along the way. We have achieved this status by producing vessels that have a lifespan that far exceeds the average by offering cutting-edge technology and the most cost-efficient design solutions. Our reputation is based on our reliability: we are selected for the design and build of the German Navy’s F126 frigates and we have already delivered our 10th SIGMA combatant to the export market. We are committed to helping protect the security interests of our customers at sea and providing a safe and pleasant working environment for their crews. We are dedicated to making the most of our skills to support the development of a sustainable shipbuilding industry in the client country. This includes through building on location, training and extensive knowledge transfer programmes.
A unique aspect of the Netherlands naval industry is the way design and construction are organised. Although Damen Naval acts as the prime contractor, it is a unique cooperation between the Royal Netherlands Navy, institutes such as the Netherlands Organisation of Applied Scientific Research (TNO), the Marine Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN), Netherlands Universities and the Dutch Maritime Industry.
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Damen works proactively to decrease the environmental footprint of its vessels in several ways.