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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

Singapore, 24 June 2016Singapore 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-Honour was the Consul General for the Oman Consulate for the Republic of Singapore, HE 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 programme:

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 the Almightly 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 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

ST Marine (Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd), the marine arm of ST Engineering, provides turnkey building, repair and conversion services for a wide spectrum of naval and commercial vessels. In shipbuilding, it has the proven capabilities to provide turnkey solutions from concept definition to detailed design, construction, on-board system installation and integration, testing, commissioning to through-life support. It has also established a track record in providing high engineering content shiprepair and ship conversion services for a worldwide clientele. ST Marine also provides a suite of sustainable environmental engineering solutions via its environmental engineering subsidiaries led by STSE Engineering Services Pte Ltd (STSE). Please visit www.stengg.com. 

Media Contacts:
Zann Chua
Head, Corporate Communications
ST Marine
Tel:      (65) 6860 9285 / (65) 9155 5600
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