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The INS MAGEN has officially been handed over to the Israeli Navy by manufacturer ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), marking another important milestone in the ongoing programme to build four SA’AR corvettes for the service. The handover took place on 11 November under strict coronavirus prevention measures. These ships have a stealthy design with tailour made solutions and numerous new technologies onboard.

The contract for delivering the vessels was signed in May 2015 with the steel cutting ceremony on the first-of-class taking place in February 2018. Only 15 months later, the ship was undocked, fulfilling its very ambitious schedule and in May 2019, INS MAGEN, was named in Kiel. The other three ships are planned for subsequent delivery in intervals of a few months.

Jack Richardson