The launch event was low key because of the pandemic. The first vessel, “Al Doha” (QTS 91), was launched on 9 October 2020. It is set to be delivered in 2021, while the second vessel will be delivered in 2022.
Qatar placed an order two training ships from the Anadolu Shipyard in March 2018 during the DIMDEX naval defense exhibition in Doha. These Cadet Training Ships feature space allocations for theoretical and practical training facilities for the cadets and the instructors.
The two vessels are now outfitting in Istanbul by Anadolu Shipyard who is a strategic partner of Turkish MOD for navy shipbuilding programme. Having already completed and delivered the amphibious ships of 8 LCT, 2 LST with 8 LCVPs to the Turkish Navy, the shipyard is well organized to deliver CTS ships to QENF in just 36 months from contact award.
The two Cadet Training Ships are approximately 90 meters in length with a full load displacement of 1.950 tonnes. Besides basic naval cadet training, CTS will have a helipad for medium size helicopter on stern and will be capable to provide combat management and weapon training to the trainees as well. The vessels may also be used by Qatari Navy for offshore patrol duties, as a secondary mission. There are accommodations for 76 students and 8 instructors, in addition to a regular crew of 66 sailors.