February 13, 2020 (Google Translation) – The technical launch of “Damsah” and the setting up of “Sumaysimah”, respectively second and fourth units of the “Al Zubarah” corvette class, took place today at the Muggiano (La Spezia) plant , commissioned from Fincantieri by the Qatari Ministry of Defense as part of the national naval acquisition program and scheduled for delivery in 2022 and 2023 respectively.
The ceremony, held in a restricted format and in full compliance with the anti-contagion requirements, was attended by Major General Mubarak Mohammed A.K. Al-Khayarin, Deputy Chief of Staff for Administration and Logistics Affairs of the Armed Forces of Qatar, Division Admiral Giorgio Lazio, Northern Maritime Commander, and Giuseppe Giordo, Director General of Fincantieri’s Military Ships Division.
The units, designed in accordance with the RINAMIL regulation, will be highly flexible with the ability to perform multiple tasks, ranging from patrolling with sea rescue capabilities to the role of combat ship. About 107 meters long, 14.70 meters wide, they will be equipped with a combined diesel and diesel propulsion system (CODAD), they will be able to reach a maximum speed of 28 knots, accommodating 112 people on board.
The corvettes will also be able to use fast boats such as RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat), embarking them via a side crane and a ramp located at the extreme stern. The flight deck and hangar will be equipped to accommodate an NH90 helicopter.