The corvette “Al Zubarah,” the first of four vessels ordered by the Qatari Ministry of Defense as part of the national naval acquisition program, was delivered today at the Muggiano (La Spezia) shipyard in the presence of Senator Stefania Pucciarelli, Undersecretary of State for Defence.
The ceremony was attended by Three-star General Salem Hamad Al Nabit, Chief of Staff of Qatar Armed Forces, Staff Major General (Sea) Abdullah Hassan Al-Sulaiti, Commander of Qatar Emiri Naval Forces, Vice Admiral Aurelio De Carolis, Deputy Chief of Staff of Italian Navy, and Giuseppe Giordo, General Manager Naval Vessels Division of Fincantieri.
The Al Zubarah class corvettes, developed in accordance with RINAMIL regulations, will be highly adaptable and capable of performing a variety of roles, ranging from surveillance with sea rescue capabilities to battle vessels. They will be around 107 meters long and 14.70 meters broad, with a combined diesel and diesel plant (CODAD) with a top speed of 28 knots. The units will be able to carry 112 people on board.
Furthermore, the corvettes will be able to operate high-speed boats like RHIBs (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats) via lateral cranes or a hauling ramp positioned at the stern. The flight deck and hangar are designed to accommodate one NH90 helicopter.
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