Interim delivery and acceptance of the third Patrol Vessel built by Singapore Technologies Marine for the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) has taken place, the company announced on 7 January.
ST Marine is working under contract a signed in 2012 to design and build four Al-Ofouq class Patrol Vessels to replace the RNO’s four Seeb class vessels.
The Patrol Vessels measure 75m in length and displace approximately 1,250 tonnes. They are armed with a modern weapon and combat management system and are designed for a range of maritime and homeland security missions such as undertaking extended surveillance patrols of Oman’s Exclusive Economic Zone.
The third vessel has been named RNOV Sadh, and the name for the fourth vessel has been announced as RNOV Khasab.
NG Sing Chan, president, ST Marine, said: ‘The interim delivery of the third vessel, RNOV Sadh and naming of the fourth vessel, RNOV Khasab, are proud moments for ST Marine. These milestones are testimonies that we deliver what we promised to our esteemed customers.
‘We understand the importance of timely delivery of the vessels to the RNO as the Sultanate steps up its capability building and modernisation of its naval fleet to meet ever growing demands in the area of maritime security. As the Al-Ofouq programme draws to a close with the fourth vessel scheduled to leave Singapore in May 2016, ST Marine will not rest on our laurel but will continue to relentlessly keep our pace to ensure a smooth finish for this wonderful programme.’