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Sustainability, Innovation and Equal Rights unite Sweden and The Netherlands

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HRH Crown Princess Victoria visits the Netherlands and the Saab Damen team for Underwater Defence Cooperation.

The visit of HRH Crown Princess Victoria to the Netherlands 7-8 June 2022 emphasised sustainability, innovation and equal rights and show practical examples of how Sweden and The Netherlands join forces to speed up the green transition. Protecting open sea routes and securing domains below the surface is crucial for a safe and sustainable future. HRH Crown Princess Victoria visited the Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) Exhibition in Rotterdam and learned more about the two countries Underwater Defence Cooperation at the Saab Damen stand.

The visit underlines the importance of the various successful innovative partnerships involving the Netherlands and Sweden, including the one between SAAB and Damen Shipyards Group for the joint design and construction of the replacement for the famous Dutch Walrus-class submarines.

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HRH Crown Princess Victoria inspects a model submarine with the Saab Damen team.

The Swedish Crown Princess is visiting the Netherlands as part of the 60th anniversary of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands and she visited a range of start-ups and innovative companies on June 7 and 8. During her visit, Princess Victoria made one stop at the Undersea Defense Technology fair.

At the SAAB-Damen stand, she was briefed about the companies’ shared ambition to be at the absolute forefront of non-nuclear submarine technology in collaboration with the Royal Netherlands Navy and a large number of Dutch SMEs. The ongoing development of submarine expertise in the successor to the Walrus class will give the maritime industry in both countries a huge boost.

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HRH Crown Princess Victoria and members of the Saab team at UDT.

Saab Damen joined forces in 2015. It’s a partnership between equals between two like-minded countries offering to build Netherland’s Future Submarine Capability, built on innovative and evolutionary design for a safe and sustainable future. Netherlands’ shipbuilding history and Sweden’s naval expertise enables a true Pan-European choice to protect societies.