A steel-cutting ceremony for the Qatari Emiri Navy’s first Doha-class corvette has been held at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Muggiano, La Spezia, marking the beginning of construction work on the vessel.

The Doha-class vessel is being procured by the Qatari Ministry of Defence as part of the national naval acquisition programme.

“Fincantieri is currently building the corvette under a contract valued at approximately €4bn, which covers the construction and delivery of seven surface vessels.”

Fincantieri is currently building the corvette under a contract valued at approximately €4bn, which covers the construction and delivery of seven surface vessels for the Qatari Emiri Navy.

The contracted vessels comprise four corvettes, one amphibious landing platform dock (LPD) ship and two offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).

The company will also be responsible for providing the Qatari Navy with support services for an additional ten years after the vessels’ delivery.

Construction work on all seven of the navy ships is slated to begin from this year and will be carried out at Fincantieri Italian shipyards.

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The navy’s first Doha-class corvette has been designed in line with the Rules for the classification of Naval Ships (RINAMIL).

It will be capable of carrying out a wide range of tasks, ranging from surveillance with sea rescue abilities to serving as a fighting vessel.

The vessel will have a length of 107m, a width of 14.70m and a maximum cruising speed of 28k.

It will be able to accommodate a total of 112 persons on-board.

In addition, the Doha-class corvette will be fitted with a combined diesel and diesel turbine plant (CODAD) and will be capable of operating high-speed boats such as rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) through lateral cranes or a hauling ramp located at the far stern.

The ship’s flight deck and hangar will be able to accommodate one NH90 medium-sized, twin-engine, multi-role military helicopter.