There are official finances began Qatari Emir Fleet (QEN) amphibious construction work, landing platform dock (LPD).

The start of construction was marked by a keel-laying ceremony held at the Palermo shipyard in Sicily, Italy.

The ceremony was attended by the head of the Qatar Navy’s project control office, Emir, Brigadier Ahmad Al Hamadi and other officials from Finkantieri.

The company is building an amphibious ship under the national naval acquisition program of the Ministry of Defense of Qatar.

Under the program, Fincantieri secured a contract to build seven QEN vessels, including one LPD, four corvettes and two offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).

The company will also provide maintenance services in Qatar for ten years from the delivery of the ships.

According to Fincantieri, the ship was designed in accordance with the rules for the classification of seagoing ships (RINAMIL).

The new ship will allow Qatar’s forces to establish an effective link between land, air and sea.

A highly flexible platform, LPD is designed to carry out a variety of missions, including ground operations, assistance to the Qatari Armed Forces, humanitarian aid and disaster relief.

The ship will be equipped with an internal flooding dock and two ramps for vehicles that can easily accommodate up to 550 people on board.

The 143 m long and 21.5 m wide ship will also have a garage deck capable of carrying a ready-to-land mechanized landing party (LCM), which can be deployed using a mooring system.

In addition, the amphibious platform will have a spacious cockpit that can accommodate aircraft such as the NH90 helicopter.

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