Italian shipbuilding company Fincantieri has laid the keel for the Qatari Navy’s first Doha-class corvette at Muggiano shipyard.
Designed in accordance with the rules for the classification of naval ships (RINAMIL), the vessel can perform a wide range of tasks, from surveillance with sea rescue capacities to operating as a fighting vessel.
The 107m-long Doha-class corvette has a width of 14.70m and a maximum speed of 28k.
In addition, the vessel is fitted with a combined diesel and diesel plant (CODAD) and can accommodate 112 people on-board, including 98 crew members.
Once commissioned into service, the corvette will be deployed by the Qatari Navy to operate high-speed vessels such as rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB), through lateral cranes or a hauling ramp at the far stern.
Furthermore, the vessel features a flight deck and hangar that is capable of accommodating one NH90 helicopter.
The vessel is slated to be delivered to the Qatari Navy by Fincantieri in 2021.
In 2016, Fincantieri signed a €4bn contract with the Qatari Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the development and delivery of a total of seven surface vessels, with four of these corvettes, one amphibious vessel landing platform dock (LPD) and two offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).
The contract also includes delivery of support services in Qatar for an additional period of ten years after delivery of the ships.
In July, Fincantieri carried out the steel-cutting ceremony for the first Doha-class vessel at the company’s shipyard in Muggiano, La Spezia, marking the beginning of ship construction work.