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Port Hamad played host to a number of warships at DIMDEX 2024 Naval Defense Event in Qatar.

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 As part of the DIMDEX 2024 international maritime defense conference in Doha, where Army Recognition was present, Port Hamad played host to several warships. Below, you will find the list of these ships, as well as in a video published by Army Recognition. DIMDEX is a dynamic platform that engages key decision-makers and leaders in the maritime defense and security industry. It provides exhibitors with the opportunity to showcase their latest and most advanced technologies and products to high-level industry personnel, aiming to secure significant agreements and partnerships.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 One of the highlight at DIMDEX 2024 is the presence of the Pakistani Navy submarine Khalid. (Picture source: Navy Recognition)

As the largest port in the Middle East, Hamad offers DIMDEX 2024 the opportunity for exhibitors and visitors to explore the ships and meet the management and crew. 

Federico Martinengo F596 – Italy

The Federico Martinengo (F596) is a FREMM class frigate of the Italian Navy, named after the Italian naval hero Federico Martinengo. The ship was launched on March 4, 2017, and officially entered service on April 24, 2018. The Federico Martinengo is part of a series of European multi-purpose frigates developed within the framework of the FREMM program (Fregata Europea Multi-Missione), a joint initiative between Italy and France aimed at producing a new generation of frigates for both navies.

As a highly advanced warship, the Federico Martinengo is designed for a wide range of missions, including anti-warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and air defense. It features state-of-the-art weapons and sensor systems, including surface-to-air missiles, anti-ship missiles, torpedoes, and an advanced sonar system for submarine detection. The frigate is also equipped with a helicopter landing deck and hangar to operate naval helicopters. With a displacement of approximately 6,700 tons and a length of 144 meters, the Federico Martinengo represents a significant capability in naval warfare.

Royal Navy of Oman Vessel SADH – Oman

The third patrol vessel of the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO), the RNOV Sadh, is part of the Al-Ofouq class, measuring 75 meters in length and displacing approximately 1,250 tonnes. The contract for the design and construction of these patrol vessels was awarded to Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine) in April 2012. Equipped with modern weapon and combat management systems, the Al-Ofouq class patrol vessels are designed for various maritime and homeland security missions, including extended surveillance patrols in the Sultanate's Exclusive Economic Zone.

Pakistan Navy Submarine Khalid – Pakistan

The Pakistan Navy Submarine Khalid (S137) is the lead boat of the Khalid-class, which is a variant of the French Agosta-90B class diesel-electric attack submarines. The submarine was commissioned into service with the Pakistan Navy in 1999. These submarines were designed as highly advanced and capable platforms for a variety of missions, including anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare, reconnaissance, and surveillance operations.

The Khalid-class submarines, including the Khalid itself, are notable for their stealth features, advanced sonar capabilities, and the ability to launch Exocet SM39 anti-ship missiles while submerged. Equipped with air-independent propulsion (AIP) systems, these submarines have an extended underwater endurance, allowing them to operate silently for longer periods, enhancing their stealth capabilities.

Pakistan Navy Ship Tabuk – Pakistan

The Pakistan Navy Ship (PNS) Tabuk is a corvette that falls under the Yarmook-class, serving as part of Pakistan's efforts to modernize and expand its naval capabilities. Constructed by the Dutch shipbuilding company Damen, PNS Tabuk was launched in 2020 and subsequently entered service with the Pakistan Navy. This class of ships is designed to perform a variety of maritime operations, including patrol and surveillance, anti-surface and anti-air warfare, as well as humanitarian and search and rescue missions.

PNS Tabuk, alongside its sister ships in the Yarmook-class, is equipped with advanced sensors and weapons systems to fulfill its multi-role capabilities. These ships are capable of accommodating a helicopter on their flight deck, enhancing their operational flexibility. With a displacement of around 2,300 tons and measuring approximately 90 meters in length, the Yarmook-class, including PNS Tabuk, represents a significant addition to the Pakistan Navy.

Al Doha QTS-91 – Qatar

The Al Doha (QTS 91) training ship is the first of two ordered by Qatar Emiri Navy Forces from Turkey's Anadolu Shipyard. The order was placed in March 2018, showcasing Qatar's commitment to maritime training and defense during the DIMDEX naval defense exhibition in Doha. These Cadet Training Ships are specifically designed to support theoretical and practical training for cadets and instructors at the Mohammed bin Ghanem Maritime Academy.

Built by Turkey's Anadolu Shipyard, the AL DOHA-class training ships are tailored to meet the needs of the Qatari navy, serving multiple purposes including offshore patrol and logistics support. With a displacement of 2,150 tonnes, a length of 89.59 meters, and a beam of 14.18 meters, these vessels are equipped with state-of-the-art features, including two fully functional bridges for training, a stern flight deck capable of accommodating helicopters, and a comprehensive training infrastructure for up to 76 students and 8 instructors. Additionally, these ships boast a propulsion system capable of reaching speeds up to 22 knots and a range exceeding 2,000 nautical miles, ensuring their effectiveness in both training and operational missions.

Qens Damsah F102 – Qatar

The Qens Damsah F102, also known as the Al Doha-class corvette, is a notable addition to Qatar's naval capabilities. Produced and commissioned in recent years, the exact date of production and entry into service may vary based on specific milestones and official announcements. As a modern warship, the Qens Damsah F102 plays a crucial role in Qatar's maritime defense strategy, enhancing its ability to safeguard territorial waters and contribute to regional security efforts.

Equipped with advanced weapon systems and surveillance technology, the Qens Damsah F102 is designed for various maritime operations, including patrolling, surveillance, anti-submarine warfare, and protection of maritime interests.

Marshal Shaposhnikov – Russia

Marshal Shaposhnikov, a Udaloy-class destroyer, now reclassified as a frigate, has been a cornerstone of the Russian Navy since her commissioning on December 30, 1985. Built by Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad, she embodies advanced naval capabilities and formidable firepower.

With a displacement of 7,900 tons at full load and a length of 163 meters, Marshal Shaposhnikov boasts a powerful armament, including UKSK VLS cells for a variety of missiles, anti-ship missiles, surface-to-air missiles, and torpedo tubes. Equipped with advanced sensors and processing systems, as well as electronic warfare capabilities, the vessel is capable of conducting a wide range of missions, from air and surface surveillance to anti-submarine warfare. With a complement of 300 personnel and the ability to carry two Ka-27 'Helix' series helicopters, Marshal Shaposhnikov remains an asset in the Russian Pacific Fleet.

HMS Middleton – United Kingdom

HMS Middleton, a Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessel, has been a vital asset to the British Royal Navy since her commissioning on July 4, 1984. With a primary role in protecting vital sea lanes and ensuring access to sea bases, HMS Middleton plays a crucial role in safeguarding the global security of energy supplies and contributing to wider safety at sea. Equipped with high-powered sonar, remote underwater vehicles, and a crew of divers, the ship is specifically designed to deal with sea-bed threats, making it an essential component of the UK maritime defense strategy.

Constructed by Yarrow Shipbuilders in Glasgow, Scotland, HMS Middleton was launched on April 27, 1983, and remains in active service as of the latest update. Operating out of HMNB Portsmouth and forming part of the 9th Mine Countermeasures Squadron based at HMS Jufair in Bahrain, HMS Middleton is armed with a 30mm DS30B cannon, SeaFox mine disposal system, and diver-placed explosive charges, ensuring its readiness to handle various maritime challenges. Led by Lt Cdr T C Loxton, the vessel's mission to maintain peace and stability in the Persian Gulf underscores its significance in maintaining maritime security and supporting military operations.

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