Fincantieri has delivered the Qatari Emiri Navy’s (QEN) second Al Zubarah-class corvette, Damsah, at the Muggiano (La Spezia) shipyard in Italy.
Delivery of the vessel was marked by a ceremony, which was attended by the QEN deputy chief and Flotilla commander major general staff Hilal Al Muhannadi, brigadier general Abdulla Al Mazroey and other officials.
The second corvette, Damsah, was launched by Fincantieri in February last year.
The 107m-long and 14.70m-wide corvette has been designed in compliance with the RINAMIL rules, which are intended for the classification of naval ships.
The company is under contract to build four corvettes of the class as part of the Qatari Ministry of Defence’s national naval acquisition programme.
The Al Zubarah-class corvettes are designed to carry out a wide range of missions, including surveillance and sea rescue
The highly flexible vessels can fight with the enemy vessels and accommodate up to 112 people on board.
The flight deck and hangar of the ships can also host one NH90 helicopter.
Equipped with a combined diesel and diesel plant (CODAD), the vessels have a maximum speed of 28k and a cruising speed of 15k.
The QEN’s new corvettes will also have the capability of operating high-speed boats, including rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIB), with the help of lateral cranes or a hauling ramp located at a far stern.
Furthermore, all the Al Zubarah-class corvettes will include multi-function radar, obstacle and mine avoidance sonar, towed array torpedo detection system and other tracking and communication systems.
The vessels will also feature a vertical launching system (VLS) for launching medium-range surface-to-air missiles (SAM).
Recently, the company has launched the QEN’s fourth and last Al Zubarah-class corvette, Sumaysimah.