Bahrain requests US $70m sale of tech support for navy ship Sabha

30 July 2018 (Last Updated July 30th, 2018 11:39)

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale (FMS) of items and services to provide follow-on technical support (FOTS) for the Royal Bahrain Navy Ship (RBNS) Sabha (FFG-90).

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale (FMS) of items and services to provide follow-on technical support (FOTS) for the Royal Bahrain Navy Ship (RBNS) Sabha (FFG-90).

The sale will have an estimated total cost of $70m and was requested by the Government of Bahrain.

It has since been approved by the US State Department.

"FFG-90 was formerly known as the USS Jack Williams (FFG-24) before being transferred to Bahrain as part of an Excess Defense Article (EDA) sale on 13 September 1996."

FFG-90 was formerly known as the USS Jack Williams (FFG-24) before being transferred to Bahrain as part of an Excess Defense Article (EDA) sale on 13 September 1996.

The sale also includes the provision of engineering, technical and logistics services, along with documentation and modification materials for the US Navy-supplied systems and equipment.

It also covers other related logistical and programme support services.

The possible deal is primarily focused on supporting the US’s foreign policy and national security objectives and is also expected to help enhance the regional security of Bahrain.

The Royal Bahrain Navy intends to leverage the contracted support to keep the vessel in operational readiness status in order to ensure coastal defence and security.

No prime contractor is required for the proposed sale and Bahrain is expected to be able to easily absorb the support into its armed forces.

Approximately three US Government and six contractor representatives will deliver equipment fielding and systems checkout, as well as training, and technical and logistics support for an extended period under the deal.