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Fincantieri delivers fourth and final Qatari corvette

17th May 2023 - 09:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team in London


The fourth and final corvette for Qatar, Semaisma. (Photo: Fincantieri)

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has delivered the fourth and final Al Zubarah-class corvette, Semaisma, built for Qatar.

The Qatari corvette is part of a broader shipbuilding programme by the Italian company, including OPVs and an LPD.

The corvette class measures 107m long and features CODAD power capable of propelling each ship up to a maximum speed of 28kt.

The corvettes can deploy a rigid hull inflatable boat via a side crane and stern ramp and boast a hangar to accommodate an NH90-sized helicopter.

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The delivery ceremony for the corvette took place at Fincantieri’s Muggiano plant and was attended by Qatari and Italian officials.

Semaisma was laid down in February 2021 and launched in March 2022 at the shipyard.

The corvette's armament includes a 76mm main gun from Leonardo, 16 VLS cells for MBDA ASTER 30 surface-to-air missiles, two Leonardo Marlins 30mm remote weapon stations, eight MBDA Exocet MM40 Block IIIs and a Raytheon RAM launcher for 21 missiles for short-range air defence.

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