Italian shipbuilder, Fincantieri has launched the Qatari Emiri Navy’s first Doha-class corvette, Al Zubarah, during a ceremony at its shipyard in Muggiano, La Spezia, on Feb. 27.
Al Zubarah is the first of the four corvettes ordered by the Qatari Ministry of Defence within the national naval acquisition program.
The contract awarded by Qatar to Fincantieri, worth approx. 4 billion euros, envisages the supply of seven surface vessels – four corvettes, one amphibious vessel (LPD – Landing Platform Dock), and two patrol vessels (OPV – Offshore Patrol Vessel) as well as support services in Qatar for further 10 years after the delivery of the vessels.
Al Zubarah, which will be delivered in 2021, is designed consistent with the RINAMIL rules. She is a flexible type of ship capable of fulfilling different kinds of tasks, from surveillance with sea rescue capacities to being a fighting vessel, being about 107 meters long, 14.70 meters wide, with a maximum speed of 28 knots. The unit is equipped with a combined diesel and diesel plant (CODAD) and is be able to accommodate 112 persons on board, of whom 98 of the crew.
Furthermore, the vessel will 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 will be sized for hosting one NH90 helicopter.