Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) delivered two, 16 meter SeaKeeper Landing Crafts to the Royal Bahrain Naval Force at a signing ceremony at the ADSB Shipyard Facility in Mussafah.
"These Landing Crafts built in composite materials are a striking example of the diverse capability of ADSB and the advanced ship building technology we use. Our technological sophistication and shipbuilding expertise have made us the leading defence shipbuilder in the region with 74 ships and boats on order along with 32 ship refits and upgrades underway," stated Homaid Al Shemmari, ADSB Chairman.
ADSB completed the two Vessels well ahead of schedule and to the very high standards of the Bahrain Navy.
The SeaKeeper Landing Craft were accepted on behalf of the Kingdom of Bahrain Defence Force by Naval Commander Brigadier Abdullah Saeed Al Mansouri.
"These two SeaKeeper Landing Crafts will form an important part of Bahrain's Defence capabilities," said Commander Brigadier Al Mansouri.
"These are the first Naval Vessels constructed by ADSB for the Royal Bahrain Naval Force and the first built by another GCC Country for our Navy," he added.
The Kingdom of Bahrain Defence Force entered a contract with ADSB in November 2008 for four Vessels. In parallel with the two SeaKeeper Landing Crafts, ADSB is building two steel 42 meter Naval Landing Crafts that will be completed and delivered during 2010.
"ADSB is the only Shipyard in the region with capability to build, refit, repair and upgrade complex naval vessels. We will offer the Royal Bahrain Naval Force complete Through Life Support Services through our newly formed joint venture company Gulf Logistics and Naval Support," said William Saltzer, ADSB Chief.