Project Khareef - Sometime ago BAE Systems/Portsmouth had secured an order for three (3) Corvettes for the Royal Navy of Oman – the first warship built by the firm for the Royal Navy of Oman as part of Project Khareef for the design, build and delivery of the ships The first of these has been formally handed at HM Naval Base Portsmouth. The delivery of the AL SHAMIKH is this an interesting milestone. The AL SHAMIKH, which has 85 crew, is equipped to defend against both surface and air threats with stealth features to operate undetected, an innovative hull design and electric propulsion to provide exceptional manoeuvrability. The ship is capable of undertaking a range of operations including coastal patrols, disaster relief, search and rescue, and deterrence operations.
The Interim Acceptance of AL RAHMANI (the second of the class) is scheduled to be handed over later in the year (2013), while the final ship, AL RASIKH is scheduled for handover in 2014. The AL SHAMIKH will now undergo a five week Training Programme under the auspices of the (UK) Flag Officer Sea Training programme before making the 3,000+ mile voyage to Oman. The final acceptance of the ship is scheduled for 2014 after final hot weather trials are completed in Oman where the ship will be expected to perform in temperatures in excess of 45 degrees.