Omani navy receives third ship in Portsmouth

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THE last of three corvettes built in Portsmouth for the Royal Navy of Oman was formally named in a launching ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Base this week.

Employees of and guests, including senior representatives from the Omani navy and Royal Navy, gathered to watch Lt General Hassan Mohsin Al Sharaiqi, Inspector General of the Police and Customs of the Sultanate of Oman, name his country’s newest vessel, Al Rasikh.

Mick Ord, managing director of BAE Systems’ Surface Ships division, said: ‘We have developed a close working relationship with the Royal Navy of Oman as we work in partnership to deliver the Khareef corvettes.

‘These highly sophisticated ships are fitted with complex weapons and high quality accommodation with exceptional sea keeping ability.’

BAE Systems was on Monday named as the winner of a six-year, £46m contract to support and maintain the Sampson multi-function radars on board the Royal Navy’s new fleet of six Type 45 Destroyers in Portsmouth.