The Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) has taken an interim acceptance of its fourth Al-Ofouq-class patrol vessel from Singaporean shipbuilder ST Marine, the company announced on 24 June.

The vessel, Khassab , was handed over at ST Marine’s shipyard in Singapore in an interim acceptance ceremony on the same day.

Khassab is the final Al-Ofouq platform ordered from ST Marine under a SGD880 million (USD646 million) contract awarded by Oman’s Ministry of Defence in April 2012. The sultanate took the delivery of first-in-class Al-Seeb (Z 20) in March 2015. The Al-Ofouq vessels are progressively replacing the RNO’s Seeb (Vosper 25)-class patrol vessels that have been in service since the early 1980s. […]