Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine) delivered the second Patrol Vessel RNOV Shinas to the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO). The Company also held the Naming Ceremony for the third PV RNOV Sadh built for the Navy.
The Guest-of-Honour was the Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman, Rear Admiral (RADM) Abdullah bin Khamis bin Abdullah al-Raisi.
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 through a competitive international tender in April 2012. These four vessels will replace the current four Seeb-class patrol vessels commissioned in the early 1980s.
The Al-Ofouq class of petrol vessels measures 75m in length and displaces approximately 1,250 tonnes. The ships are suitable for a variety of maritime and homeland security missions including undertaking extended surveillance patrols of the Sultanate Exclusive Economic Zone.
"We thank the Almighty Allah on this blessed day that his Almighty enables us to receive the Royal Navy of Oman Vessel (RNOV Shinas) and give the name to the vessel (RNOV Sadh), which they are considered remarkable assets of the care and attention of His Majesty the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces to develop his valiant forces, and continue the modernisation march for the RNO by supplying them with modern ship under the Project ‘Al-Ofouq’ which stipulates to equip the RNO with four navy coastal patrol ships,"said Rear Admiral Abdullah bin Khamis bin Abdullah al-Raisi, Commander, The Royal Navy of Oman.
"There is no doubt, that this project of the four state-of-the-art navy units are a vital tributary that will reinforce the RNO capabilities to perform their national duty and contribute to maritime security. This has been proved by sea trials for the first version of its class, the ship (RNOV Al-Seeb) after entering the Sultanate territorial waters and its join to the fleet. I pray to the Almighty Allah to safeguard the RNO’s vessels and their brave sailors from the sea risks, and to assist us all to serve our blessed country under the wise leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces," he added.