HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani attended on Monday morning the reception ceremony of the “Al Zubara” ship and the "Musherib" vessel of the Qatari Amiri Naval Forces at Umm Al Houl Naval Base.
The national anthem was played at the outset of the ceremony. After reciting verses from the Holy Quran, a film was shown about the stages of manufacturing the ship and the vessel, as well as the training of the crew working on them, until their return to the country, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.
After that, HH the Amir made an inspection tour inside Al Zubara ship, and was briefed on the control room, the operations room and the modern operational systems of the ship's navigation. HH also listened to an explanation about the Musherib vessel and the role of the Qatari Amiri Naval Forces in monitoring and protecting the maritime borders.
The ceremony was attended by HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense Affairs Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah, HE Chief of Staff of Qatar Armed Forces Staff Lieutenant General (Pilot) Salem bin Hamad bin Aqeel Al Nabit and HE Commander of the Qatari Amiri Naval Forces Staff Major General (Sea) Abdullah bin Hassan Al Sulaiti, in addition to a number of Their Excellencies the heads of diplomatic missions accredited to the State, and a number of senior officials and commanding officers of the Qatari Armed Forces.
The “Al Zubara” corvette and the OPV - Offshore Patrol Vessel “Musherib”, were built by Fincantieri at the integrated military shipyard of Riva Trigoso and Muggiano (Italy) as part of the naval acquisition program of the Ministry of Defense of Qatar.
At the delivery ceremony, Fincantieri was represented by Chairman Claudio Graziano and Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Pierroberto Folgiero, a statement from the company said. The vessels will soon enter service for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Then were also inaugurated the offices of Fincantieri Services Doha, which will follow the Group’s activities in the area, the statement added.
Fincantieri is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups, the only one active in all high-tech marine industry sectors. It is leader in the construction and transformation of cruise, naval and oil & gas and wind offshore vessels, as well as in the production of systems and component equipment, after-sales services and marine interiors solutions. Thanks to the expertise developed in the management of complex projects, the Group boasts first-class references in infrastructures, and is a reference player in digital technologies and cybersecurity, electronics and advanced systems.
With over 230 years of history and more than 7,000 ships built, Fincantieri maintains its know-how, expertise and management centers in Italy, here employing 10,000 workers and creating around 90,000 jobs, which double worldwide thanks to a production network of 18 shipyards operating in four continents and with over 21,000 employees.