The Ministry of Defence (MoD) of Oman's new sail training vessel (STV), RNOV Shabab Oman, has been officially launched at Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania.
The Royal Navy of Oman will deploy the 87m-long vessel to continue the role of promoting cultural interaction as well as to help spread peace and harmony amongst nations by replacing current STV, which is bearing the same name RNOV Shabab Oman.
In May 2013, Damen Shipyards was awarded a contract by the Ministry of Defence of Oman for the construction of a STV clipper.
The new clipper will be used for its key role of training Omani navy cadets and officers.
Scheduled to be delivered to the Royal Navy of Oman in August 2014, Shabab Oman will sail through the world's oceans demonstrating Oman's centuries-old maritime tradition.
Damen Project Manager Arnoud Both, said: "The vessel is on schedule and we are very proud to be involved in such a prestigious project for the Royal Navy of Oman."
Construction on the ship began in 2013 with a keel laying ceremony held at Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania.
The vessel features 50m steel / aluminum masts, rigging and spars as well as modern cooling systems and generators.
The decision to invest in the sail training vessel is an addition to the nation's efforts to enhance naval capabilities with a fleet expansion.
Damen previously developed Stad Amsterdam and Cisne Branco, the Brazilian Navy's new STV, prior to the third sail training vessel clipper type order.
Dykstra Naval Architects designed all the three STVs.
Image: Royal Navy of Oman's RNOV Shabab Oman. Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.