The last of the two ships built for the Qatar Navy under the “CTS Project”, the QTS 92 Al Shamal, has arrived in Qatar. In February, Anadolu Shipyard handed over the training ship Al Shamal Cadet to the Qatar Navy in a ceremony attended by Hulusi Akar, Turkey’s Minister of National Defense, and Khalid bin Muhammed al-Atiyye, Qatar’s Minister of Defense. The ship left the shipyard after the handover ceremony and arrived in Doha, the capital of Qatar, four months later. A ceremony was held on Al Shamal Cadet Training Vessel in the presence of Qatar’s Chief of Staff, Salim Al-Nabit, and a briefing was provided regarding the departments of the training ship, according to a written statement released by the Qatar Defense Ministry.
At the Doha International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference in March 2018, Anadolu Shipyard signed a contract with the Qatar Navy to build two military training ships. On February 25, 2019, the construction of these two ships began. The two ships that were built under the project were launched in 2020. The first ship, Al Doha, was handed over to the Qatar Navy in Istanbul and arrived in Qatar in December 2021 after completing its tests.
The vessels were developed in accordance with specific requests from the Qatar Navy for the training of Qatar Naval Academy Navy students and personnel, according to Anadolu Shipyard. The shipyard has also carried out the design and integration of the ships’ combat system, which can perform logistics support, escort and patrol tasks as a secondary mission, as well as military training missions. HeliPLAT, Turkey’s leading helicopter platform company for military and civilian ships, also provided helicopter platform certification, engineering and design services for ships.
According to Anadolu Shipyard, these CTS vessels are 90 meters long, 14.2 meters wide and have a displacement of 2,150 tons. They have a cruising speed of 15 knots and a maximum speed of 22 knots. The ships also have a range of over 2,000 nautical miles and can operate for 15 days without refueling at sea. The ship provides accommodation for 76 students, eight instructors and a regular crew of 66. The ships also have a helipad capable of carrying medium-class utility helicopters aft, as well as an Aselsan production SMASH 30mm weapon system and two 12.7mm heavy machine guns aft. before ships.
Other vessels manufactured for Qatar at Anadolu Shipyard include a Landing Craft Tank (LCT) QL80 FUAWIRIT, 2 Mechanized Landing Crafts (LCM) QL40 BROOG, QL41 ISHAT and 1 LCVP, these were launched on 25 September 2021 and are expected to join the Qatar Navy in the second half of 2022.