Ferrol - Urban History
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Launching of a frigate at Bazán (2000)

Against the general backdrop of the closure of Ferrol's shipbuilding industry, and the threat of closure hanging over Astano, Bazán was awarded a contract in 2000 to build six frigates for the Norwegian Navy, guaranteeing work for six years. A public Spanish company like Bazán, which belongs to the heavy industry sector that is in permanent crisis, therefore temporarily guaranteed its viability by accepting a subordinate role in 'assembly lines' that function at international level. In this contract the Spanish shipyards are responsible for the outer hull structure, while other Norwegian and US companies are responsible for supplying the operational and combat systems, which require more complex technology and are much more lucrative to produce

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