Friday, July 1, 2016

ST Marine celebrates the Interim Delivery for the fourth patrol vessel RNOV Khassab

A series of four patrol vessels designed and built by ST Marine for the Royal Navy of Oman, namely RNOV Al-Seeb, RNOV Shinas, RNOV Sadh and RNOV Khassab

June 24, 2016 -  Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), the marine arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), today held the Interim Acceptance ceremony for the Patrol Vessel (PV) RNOV Khassab. This is the final, in a series of four vessels, designed and built for the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO). The Guest-of-Honor was the Consul General for the Oman Consulate for the Republic of Singapore, Zakariya Hamed Hilal Al Saadi.
The contract for the design and build of the four Al-Ofouq class of PVs was awarded by the Ministry of Defence of the Sultanate of Oman in April 2012. It was the largest defence export contract in ST Engineering’s history. These four vessels will replace the Sultanate’s current four Seeb class PVs commissioned in the early 1980s.
The Al-Ofouq vessel is designed and built based on ST Marine’s proprietary 75m Fearless-class patrol vessel. Measuring 75m in length, breadth at 12.5m and displaces approximately 1,250 tonnes, the vessels can accommodate 60 crew and is equipped with a flight deck to support the operation of a medium lift-helicopter. Armed with modern weapons and sensors and equipped with a state of art combat management system, the PVs are most suited for a variety of maritime missions.
The Al-Ofouq vessels are named after various cities along the Oman coastal area. Al-Seeb is a coastal fishing city, located several kilometers northwest of Muscat, in the northeastern Oman; Shinas is a coastal town in northern Oman, Sadh is located in Salalah; and Khassab is a coastal city located in Musandam Governorate and overlooking the Strait of Hormuz.
The following are the key milestones achieved in the Al-Ofouq program:
Milestones
Plate Cut Keel Lay Launching Interim Acceptance / Interim Delivery
RNOV Al-Seeb 17 Jan 2013 28 Mar 2013 29 Jan 2014 31 Mar 2015
RNOV Shinas 25 Jun 2013 05 Sep 2013 17 Jun 2014 10 Sep 2015
RNOV Sadh 25 Sep 2013 06 Jan 2014 17 Sep 2014 07 Jan 2016
RNOV Khassab 21 Feb 2014 20 May 2014 05 Feb 2015 24 Jun 2016
The first PV, RNOV Al Seeb has been successfully delivered.  The second, RNOV Shinas has completed her live firing trials in Oman last November 2015. The third, RNOV Sadh had arrived in Oman on 17 March 2016, had completed her live firing trials in April 2016. Both are currently preparing for hot-weather trials by 2Q2016.
“We thank this blessed day for receiving the Royal Navy of Oman vessel, RNOV Khassab, the fourth and last of project Al-Ofouq which stipulated to equip the RNO with four inshore patrol vessels, equipped with state-of-the-art systems, which enable these ships to perform their national duty efficiently and effectively.
This class of vessels came as a new addition and essential of RNO fleet, as part of RNO’s development under the wise leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the Supreme Commander of the Sultan’s Armed Forces. Also, we hope that this project will be the milestone to extend the joint military cooperation with the friendly Republic of Singapore. I ask the Almighty Allah to grant success to the ship’s crew in the service of our beloved country.” ~ Rear Admiral (RADM) Abdullah bin Khamis bin Abdullah al-Raisi, Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman
“Today is both a nostalgic and happy day. It marks the end of the local project phase and while we will continue to serve the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) as they prepare and fully operationalize these fine vessels, we also commence to bid a fond farewell to the RNO project team that had been with us for the past four years. Over this period, we have forged enduring friendship and bonds that will always be fondly remembered by all at ST Marine that we are able to deliver the project successfully and timely is due in a large part to the fine efforts of this RNO project team. ST Marine will always treasure this friendship we have with the RNO and continue to remain ever, Your Trusted Partner.” ~ NG Sing Chan, President, ST Marine

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