The first of two training ships, Al Doha (QTS 91) was delivered to the Qatar Emiri Navy Forces by Turkey’s Anadolu (ADIK) Shipyard. For the record, the ship was launched on 9 October 2020.
Here is what Ahmet Çetinkaya, Anadolu Shipyard Production Director shared on his LinkedIn account about the event.
“Anadolu Shipyard, participating world’s major naval programs, is proud to deliver the 1st Navy Ship to QENF within 30 months without any delay where almost half of the programme were conducted under pandemic conditions.”
“The crew hoisted the glorious Qatari Flag to AL DOHA in Anadolu Shipyard premises, Istanbul. The ship will continue Tactical Trainings before sailing to Doha.
“This is the first big size Navy Ship, OPV Class (2150 tons) CTS, with 90 meters length, which is built in a Turkish Shipyard and exported.
“Anadolu Shipyard team is currently in full capacity production for QENF where 5 more navy ships in various stages of construction.”Anadolu Shipyard Production Director, Ahmet Çetinkaya.
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.
Regarding the second ship “Al Shamal” (QTS 92), it was launched on December 20, 2020, and should be delivered in 2022. It is 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.