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AL-DOHA (Hull Number QTS 91), the first of two Naval Cadet Training Ships (CTS) for the Qatari Emiri Naval Forces (QENF) has been launched in Istanbul during a ceremony attended by Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar and Qatari counterpart Khalid Bin Mohammed Al Attiyah. This comes after Turkish shipbuilder ATIK was awarded a contract by the Qatari Armed Forces on 13 March 2018 during DIMDEX 2018 to build two CTSs for the QENF. The vessels have an Offshore Patrol Vessel like design and production started on 25 February 2019, with the second ship to be delivered in 2022.

With a crew of 35 men, the ship will enable 76 cadets to receive combat and weapons training. The AL-DOHA is equipped with an additional 30mm Stabilized Gun, 2 Machine Guns 12.7mm are also capable of secondary missions such as offshore patrol missions. They are almost 90 metres long with a 12.9 metre width and a full load displacement of 1,950 tons. The ships have a draught of 4 metres and can reach a maximum speed of 22 knots, something made possible by two diesel engines with 3600 kW each. AL-DOHA also has a helipad for a medium sized helicopters at the stern.

Korhan Özkilinc