NEW WARSHIP HANDED OVER TO ROYAL NAVY OF OMAN
BAE Systems handed over a new warship to the Royal Navy of Oman in Portsmouth UK this week, where a large number of job cuts are expected and described - in a separate and almost simultaneous press release - as a "rationalnisation" of its labour force.
Nevertheless, the AL RAHMANI is the second of three 99 metre corvettes designed, built and delivered for the Royal Navy of Oman as part of Project Khareef. Her Interim Acceptance, in which the ship’s title is transferred before sailing to Oman, marks an important milestone for the project.
The formal handover ceremony was attended by BAE Systems employees and VIPs from the Royal Navy of Oman and the Royal Navy who watched her crew board the vessel and raise the National Flag of Oman on the ship’s flight deck for the first time.
Managing Director of BAE Systems Maritime – Naval Ships Mick Ord said: “This is a proud occasion for both the Royal Navy of Oman and our employees who have worked together to design, build and deliver this impressive ship."
Impoprtant to the success of any delivery of any vessel of this class, BAE Systems will also support the AL RAHMANI’s crew as they complete Flag Officer Sea Training with the Royal Navy before departing on a 3,000 mile delivery voyage to Oman. The ship will then complete final hot weather trials when the ship and her crew will demonstrate their ability to perform in temperatures in excess of 45 degrees celsius.
The first vessel in the class, AL SHAMIKH which was handed over in June, has now arrived in Oman, while the third ship, AL RASIKH, is scheduled for handover in the first half of 2014. One might speculate if it will make an appearance at DIMDEX 2014 in the neighbouring Gulf State of Qatar, 25-27 March 2014 .