The King and Queen of Spain, accompanied by their daughters, Leonor, Princess of Asturias and Infanta Sofía presided over the launching ceremony of the Submarine S-81 'Isaac Peral', at the Navantia shipyard in Cartagena, Murcia.
The Submarine S-81 'Isaac Peral', is the first of four submarines of the S-80 series destined for the Spanish Navy, placing Spain in a relevant role within the countries capable of building and designing submarines. The ship resulting from this project is considered one of the most advanced conventional submarines (non-nuclear) in the world. It is, therefore, a clear commitment to national technological development, which will enhance the strategic independence of the country's defence and the international projection of the Spanish industrial fabric.
After the initial greetings, the Spanish Royal Family saw a plaque commemorating their visit, spoke with workers who participated in the construction of Submarine S-81 'Isaac Peral' and toured the shipyard's engineering plant and the Virtual Design Centre (CDV).
At the launching ceremony of the Submarine S-81 'Isaac Peral' King Felipe VI and Leonor, Princess of Asturias, cut the ribbon which released a sacrificial bottle, as established by maritime tradition. After the National Anthem, the family were photographed with the crew of the submarine.