The technical launch of the corvette “Damsah” and the keel laying of “Sumaysimah”, the second and fourth of the Al Zubarah Class Corvette of the Qatari Ministry of Defence being built by Fincantieri, took place today at the Muggiano (La Spezia) shipyard.
Damsah is expected to be delivered in 2022 while the delivery of Sumaysimah is scheduled to take place in 2023. The purchase of both the corvettes is part of the national naval acquisition program.
Major General Mubarak Mohammed A.K. Al-Khayarin, Deputy Chief of Staff for Administration and Logistics Affairs for Qatar Armed Forces, Rear Admiral Giorgio Lazio, Italian Navy Maritime Commander – Area North, and Giuseppe Giordo, General Manager of the Naval Vessel Division of Fincantieri, attended the event.
The units, designed consistent with the RINAMIL rules, will be capable of fulfilling different kinds of tasks, from surveillance with sea rescue capacities to being fighting vessels. They will be about 107 meters long, 14.70 meters wide, and equipped with a combined diesel and diesel plant (CODAD), with a maximum speed of 28 knots. The units will be able to accommodate 112 persons on board.
The corvettes will also be capable of operating high-speed boats such as RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) through lateral cranes or a hauling ramp located at the far stern. The flight deck and hangar are sized for hosting one NH90 helicopter.
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