Qatar receives Musherib offshore patrol vessel from Italy

The Italian shipbuilding company Fincantieri announced on Monday the delivery of Qatar's first OPV - Offshore Patrol Vessel, Musherib.

The delivery took place at the Muggiano shipyard in the Italian port city of La Spezia.

This delivery is part of commissions by the Qatari Ministry of Defence as part of a maritime acquisition programme with a total value of about €4 billion, including two other patrol boats, to be delivered in 2022, four cruisers over 100 meters long and an amphibious vessel with a flight deck for helicopters.

The Italian company said in a statement that the ceremony was attended by Khalid bin Yousef Al-Sada, Ambassador of Qatar to Italy, Staff Brigadier Abdulla Al Mazroey, Deputy Chief of the Qatar Navy, Vice Admiral Giuseppe Abbamonte, Commanding Officer of the Italian Navy Logistics Command, and Marco Acca, Deputy General Manager Naval Vessel Division of Fincantieri.

The boat is about 63 metres long, 9.2 metres wide with a top speed of 30 knots, and can carry 38 crew members on board.

In October Fincantieri had delivered “Al Zubarah” corvette, belonging to the same acquisition program, to Qatar.

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