Nakilat will construct and deliver six patrol vessels for the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces (QENF) at its shipbuilding facilities at the Port of Ras Laffan, under a recently signed memorandum of understanding (MoU).
QENF will use the patrol boats to support its existing operations in the monitoring and surveillance of Qatar’s economic exclusive zone, according to gulftimes.com.
Additional missions to be carried out by the new vessels include offshore patrolling, search and seizure operations, as well as anti-piracy and hijacking operations.
The MoU also includes dry-docking and repairs of Qatari Navy and other military auxiliary vessels in the event of machinery breakdowns or system failures, major upgrades and conversions of vessels, and procurement services for spare parts and materials.
According to QENF Staff Brigadier al-Mohannadi, the agreement will provide maintenance services and programme logistical support to the QENF which will greatly extend the fleet readiness capabilities.