Shipbuilding: Launch of the Third Ship for the United Arab Emirates
(Source: Italian navy; issued April 23, 2013)
(Issued in Italian only; unofficial translation by defense-aerospace.com)
On 22 April, at the Fincantieri shipyards in Muggiano (La Spezia), was held the launching ceremony of the patrol vessel Salahah ordered by the Navy of the United Arab Emirates from the domestic shipbuilding industry.

Salahah is the second "Falaj2"-class patrol vessel delivered to the Navy of the United Arab Emirates, and the third ship overall.

The ceremony was attended by Ing. Ferdinand Tognini, Director of the Cantieri del Muggiano and Riva Trigoso, and by General Mohamed Ibrahim Salem, Chief of the Naval Forces of the United Arab Emirates. The launch was also attended by various representatives of the manufacturer, the Commander in Chief of the Naval Region of the Upper Tyrrhenian Sea, Admiral Andrea Toscano, the Head of the Preparation and Testing New Ships (MARINALLES La Spezia), Captain Paolo Pezzutti.

The vessel was assigned the recognition number P 252.

Salahah is 55 meters long and 8.60 meters wide; it has a maximum speed in excess of 20 knots and it can accommodate a crew of 28 people. Its main feature is the special geometry of its design, which makes it difficult to detect by radar.

Fincantieri, after completing the first phase of the contracted program in 2010, which called for the delivery of the 1,650-tonne anti-submarine corvette "Abu Dhabi" and two 550-tonne "Saettia-Stealth" patrol boats, will provide a support and familiarization program for United Arab Emirates crews, together by Marinalles, before being transferred to their homeland.

As evidence of the strategic importance assumed by the Middle Eastern market and the strong partnership started with the UAE, Fincantieri has formed the company Etihad Ship Building - a joint venture with Al Fattan Ship Industries and Melara Middle East - specializing in the design, production and sale of different types of civil and naval ships, as well as conducting maintenance and refitting of those under construction in Italy.

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