For the past decade, Turkey and Qatar have been working on strengthening their military ties. Taking delivery of the first cadet training ship, the Al Doha, marked the culmination of their long-standing relationship. The ship was delivered to the Qatari Emiri Navy on August 28, 2021, by the Turkish shipyard Anadolu Shipyard (ADIK).
As Oguz Kaya, ADIK’s planning and project engineer, wrote on Linkedin, “Anadolu Shipyard, participating world’s major naval programs, is proud to deliver the 1st Navy Ship to QENF within 30 months without any delay where almost half of the programme was conducted under pandemic conditions.”
“The crew hoisted the glorious Qatari Flag to AL DOHA in Anadolu Shipyard premises, Istanbul. The ship will continue Tactical Training before sailing to Doha. This is the first big size Navy Ship, OPV Class (2150 tons) CTS, with 90 meters length, which is built in a Turkish Shipyard and exported.” He went on to say more.
Qatar ordered two Cadet Training Ships from ADIK at DIMDEX 2018, the first ship, Al Doha (QTS-91), was launched on 8 October 2020.
The ship was designed by the Anadolu Shipyard’s own crew in accordance with the special requests of the Qatar Naval Forces.
About Al Doha Cadet Training Ship:
The ship is 90 meters long and has 1.950 tonnes of full load displacement. Besides basic naval cadet training, CTS will have a helipad for medium-size helicopters on the stern and will be capable to provide combat management and weapon training to the trainees as well. A secondary mission such as offshore patrol duties can be carried out.
Key Specifications :
Displacement: 2150 t
Length: 89.6 m
Maximum Speed: 22 knots
Propulsion: 2 Main Diesel Engines 5460 kW each, 2 CPP Propellers, Bow Thruster
Complement : 150 (11 Officers- 22 Petty Officers- 8 Instructors-76 Cadets- 27 Ratings- 6 Civilians)
Armament: 30mm Stabilized Gun, 2 Machine Guns 12.7mm
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