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.
|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|
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 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, and completed her live firing trials in April 2016. Both are currently preparing for hot-weather trials by 2Q2016.
The following are the key milestones achieved in the Al-Ofouq programme:
“We thank the Almighty Allah on this blessed day for receiving the Royal Navy of Oman vessel, RNOR 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 operationalise these fine vessels, we also commence to bid a fond farewell to the RNO project team that have 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.
(Source: From Press Release)