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September 13, 2022

QEN’s first Al Zubarah-class ship and first OPV arrive in Qatar

Both vessels have been constructed under Qatari MoD’s national naval acquisition programme.

The Qatari Emiri Navy’s (QEN) first offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Musherib and the lead Al Zubarah-class corvette Al Zubarah have arrived in Qatar.

It was announced by Italian shipbuilding company Fincantieri.

The arrival of the two vessels was marked by a welcome ceremony held at the Umm Al Houl Base in Al Wakrah, Qatar on 12 September.

The event was attended by Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Qatar Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Affairs Minister Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah along with other officials from the QEN and representatives from the ship’s company.

As part of this ceremony, Fincantieri also inaugurated its new office, Fincantieri Services Doha, to handle the activities in Qatar.

In a tweet, Fincantieri said: “Fincantieri, represented by the President Graziano and the CEO and GM Folgiero, participated in the celebration for the arrival in Qatar of the corvette #AlZubarah and the OPV Musherib. Fincantieri Services Doha offices have also been inaugurated, which will follow the Group’s activities in the area.”

Construction of Al Zubarah and Musherib was carried out at the company’s shipyards in Italy’s Riva Trigoso and Muggiano (La Spezia), respectively.

Delivery of Musherib took place in February this year, while Al Zubarah was delivered in October last year.

The two vessels have been constructed under Qatari Ministry of Defence’s national naval acquisition programme.

A €4bn contract under this programme was awarded to Fincantieri in 2016. It included the construction of seven vessels, including two OPVs, four corvettes and one landing platform dock (LPD).

Both Al Zubarah-class corvettes and OPVs can perform a variety of missions, including surveillance, sea rescue and fighting with enemy ships. 

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