The delivery of “Damsah”, the second unit of the “Al Zubarah” class of four corvettes, commissioned from Fincantieri by the Qatar Ministry of Defense as part of the national naval acquisition program, took place at the Muggiano (La Spezia) shipyard.
Brigadier General Abdulla Al Mazroey participated in the ceremony, held in a restricted format and in full compliance with anti-contagion requirements, deputy chief of the Qatar Navy e commander of the Flottilla, the major general staff Hilal Al Muhannadi, defense attaché of Qatar in Rome, Division Admiral Pierpaolo Ribuffo, Northern Maritime Commander of the Italian Navy, and Marco Acca, Deputy 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 rescue capabilities at sea 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 vehicles 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.