Qatar has taken delivery of the second of two armed cadet training ships, the Al Shamal (QTS 92), in a ceremony at the Anadolu Shipyard in Istanbul.
The hand-over on February 25 followed the ship’s construction start in 2019 and launch in December 2020.
Anadolu Shipyard delivered the two ships to the Qatar Emiri Navy, which says they are among the largest vessels of this type in the world, under a contract from 2018.
According to shipbuilder’s specifications, the training ships are based on an offshore patrol vessel design, with a full length of approximately 90 meters, a width of 14.2 meters and a displacement of 2,150 tons.
They have a top speed of 22 knots, and can stay at sea for 15 days without refueling and has a range of more than 2,000 nautical miles.
As revealed, the vessels can accommodate a total of 150 personnel and will be able to provide all kinds of operational and sensor-weapon use training with 76 students and 8 instructors.
The ships feature two bridges for training purposes on the ships, whose hull is high-strength steel with an aluminium superstructure. The are also capable of supporting day and night helicopter operations.
In addition to their training role, the ships will also have the ability to perform logistics support, as well as escort and patrol duties and emergency medical services.