U.S. Approves Sale of Items in Support of FOTS for Royal Bahrain Navy Frigate RBNS Sabha

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale of items and services to Bahrain in support of Follow-On Technical Support (FOTS) for the Royal Bahrain Navy frigate RBNS Sabha (FFG-90).

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 26, 2018. The possible sale also includes engineering, technical, and logistics services, documentation, and modification material for U.S. Navy supplied systems and equipment and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated program value is $70 million.

RBNS Sabha, formerly the USS Jack Williams (FFG-24), was transferred to the Royal Bahrain Navy as Excess Defense Article on September 13, 1996.

The statement from DSCA said that this proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of a regional partner which is an important security partner in the region. It added that Bahrain intends to use this support in order to keep the ship in operational readiness status for coastal defense and security.

There is no prime contractor involved in this proposed sale and there are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

RBNS Sabha (FFG-90)

RBNS Sabha (FFG-90) is the lead frigate of the Royal Bahrain Naval Force (RBNF) and was donated to Bahrain by the U.S.

During its career as USS Jack Williams (FFG-24) in the United States, it was the sixteenth ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry class of guided-missile frigates. It was named for Pharmacist’s Mate Second Class Jack Williams, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism in the Battle of Iwo Jima. She was the first ship of that name in the US Navy.

The frigate was ordered from Bath Iron Works on 28 February 1977 as part of the FY77 Program. Jack Williams was laid down on 25 February 1980; launched on 30 August 1980 and commissioned on 19 September 1981. Decommissioned and stricken on 13 September 1996, she was transferred to Bahrain the same day, and recommissioned as the RBNS Sabha.

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