The beautiful three masted clipper RNOV Shabab Oman, destined to be the flagship of the Royal Navy of Oman was launched at the Damen Shipyards, Galati (Romania) in December 2013. With a LOA of 87 metres she is a full square rigger with a sail area of 2,700m2.
As the new Sail Training Vessel (STV) she will continue the role of the present STV of the same name in training young Omani naval cadets and officers. She will also be deployed as an ambassador for the country, sailing the world’s oceans demonstrating Oman’s centuries-old maritime tradition.
After the launch, RNOV Shabab Oman was towed through the Black Sea, Bosphorus, Mediterranean and the Bay of Biscay before arriving at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in Vlissingen in the south of the Netherlands for the final outfitting. Her final delivery date to the Royal Navy of Oman is August 2014. A strong team from the Royal Navy of Oman has overseen the build in Galati and will do the same at Vlissingen. Overall project management and procurement has been the responsibility of Damen Shipyards Gorinchem.
Although the clipper looks like a beautiful, traditional vessel externally, she boasts the most modern technology inside. The sail training clipper has a traditional Omani look with elegantly hand-carved, gilded scrollwork and nameplates.
Oman’s decision to invest in the Sail Training Vessel is in addition to its efforts to boost its naval capabilities with a fleet expansion.