Walk Like An Emirati Part 3

UAE Navy Al Emarat corvette at the delivery ceremony on June 27, 2024. Naval Group.

SHAH ALAM: United Arab Emirates has taken delivery of its second Gowind corvette Al Emarat on June 27 at Lorient, France. She is the second Gowind corvette ordered from Naval Group in 2019. She was built in Lorient and launched in May 2022. Her sea trials started in October 2023 at the same time as the first corvette Bani Yas was delivered to the Emirati navy.

The crew of Al Emarat and VIPs posed for a photograph at the delivery ceremony on June 27 2024. Naval Group

The release from Naval Group:

The delivery ceremony of the Gowind® corvette Al Emarat, ordered by the United Arab Emirates to Naval Group, took place on 27th June 2024 in Lorient, in the presence of an official delegation of the United Arab Emirates Navy, led by the Deputy Commander of the UAE Navy, Brigadier Abdulla Al Mehairbi.

Al Emarat is the second Gowind® corvette ordered by the UAE to Naval Group in 2019. Built in Lorient and launched in May 2022, she started her sea trials in October 2023, at the time when the first corvette, Bani Yas, was delivered.

The Al Emarat crew will continue in France its operational ship training provided as part of the service solutions offered by Naval Group. The ship will begin its transit to the UAE under the Emirati flag in July, with an expected arrival in Abu Dhabi in August.

“I am very honoured to be with you on this symbolic day for Naval Group as we deliver the second Gowind Al Emarat to the UAE Navy. Naval Group has demonstrated its unwavering commitment to the success of the Bani Yas program, in close cooperation with the UAE Navy, and we are proud today to welcome our Emirati guests for the flag transfer ceremony of the Al Emarat corvette.», stated Olivier de la Bourdonnaye, Naval Group Executive Vice-President, Surface Ships.

The UAE Navy now owns sea-proven surface combatants, incorporating the most advanced technologies and adapted to their specific needs thanks to the modular design of the Gowind® family.

The Gowind® corvettes for the UAE Navy were built at Naval Group’s Lorient shipyard, incorporating equipment manufactured locally by UAE industry. Naval Group is stepping up its relationship with the United Arab Emirates Navy to best meet its future challenges. The Group is also developing its partnership with local industry, to offer the greatest support for the maintenance of these two Gowind® corvettes in the United Arab Emirates. This program symbolizes our commitment to deliver the state-of-the art systems to the UAE Navy and our vocation to anchor Naval Group in the country on a long-term basis, notably by developing industrial cooperation with our local partners.

Gowind® corvettes, multi-mission combat ships designed for naval superiority
The Gowind® corvette is a major success with 11 units already chosen by several navies. It offers multiple capabilities and is designed to perform at the highest level the full spectrum of naval defence and maritime security operations.

Multi-role by design, it features capabilities in all warfare areas, carefully integrated from the earliest stages of the engineering process.

Robust, well-equipped and ocean-going, the Gowind® corvette is already sea-tested, tough and stealthy. Thanks to a Combat Management System designed by Naval Group and innovative structural solutions,

High performance in all fields of combat, integrated by the SETIS combat system and an innovative modular integrated mast (PSIM);
Automated systems for simplified use by a reduced crew;
Deployable resources (heavy helicopter, UAVs, RHIBs) to extend the ship’s combat capabilities;
Scalability to meet customer needs and incorporate the latest innovations.

Technical features

Overall length: 102 m
Overall beam: 16 m
Displacement: 2,800 t

Meanwhile in Malaysia, the first Gowind derived design frigate was launched ten years after the first steel was cut.

— Malaysian Defence

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14 Comments

  1. I wonder where are the SSMS on Al Emarat? From that angle pictured looks to be missing aft of the PSIM.

    And the chopper hangar is surprisingly small, looks like enough space just to go in & out. I wonder what are those areas left & right sides of the hangar if not for the chopper.

  2. They could install it later when it is ready to sail back home. Of course, it is meant to house a single helicopter.

  3. Qamarul – ”This rich country never need a Tot program”

    It engages in a lot of collaboration/strategic partnerships.

    ” looks like enough space just to go in & out”

    Like the ones on the Kedahs. The ones on the Lekius are a bit larger. In addition to helo related stuff; exercise equipment is stored there.

  4. If the Gowind sister design LCS hangar is the same, really no space to even store a small UAS for alternate surveillance purpose.

  5. Most of the UAS available in the market (which we could afford or get donated) could be easily broken up and stowed in large polycarbonate cases so they will fit like the Camcopter or the Scan Eagles. Even the ScanEagle launcher/retriever could be broken up and stowed into its own carrying case.

    Tube launch UASs are even smaller.

    Unless of course you are talking about the MQ-8 Fire Scout which is the size of a Fennec. And that if our LCS carry its own helicopter.

  6. The hangar on the LCS has been enlarged/lengthened. At one point the idea was to have navalised Cougars.

  7. The hangar on Maharajalela class was enlarged for helos RMN had in mind although which one idk. The Indonesian Martadinata class can’t even fit their helo super puma even with folded blade. The millenium gun was installed in a wrong position behind the deck gun leaving the back of ship empty and unguarded.

  8. Qamarul- “. The millenium gun was installed in a wrong position behind the deck gun leaving the back of ship empty and unguarded”

    It’s not in the “wrong position”. It’s there as a back up against anything which makes it past the main gun.

    As for the ship being “unguarded” bear in mind that the ship will manoeuvre towards or facing the threat to present as small a cross section as possible. Whilst it’s nice to always have a gun or CIWS aft; it does not mean the ship is unguarded from that position if a gun or CIWS isn’t there as the ship will manoeuvre. The danger is simultaneous attack from various positions.

  9. eh, since when indonesian navy operates pumas, the only puma operator is their airforce

  10. mat bahri,

    Perceptive of you. Qamarul may – or may not – have been a mistake. Is it a big deal? Also, are you sure the TNI-AL does not have Pumas?

    TIV,

    Any indication it hasn’t “bucked up”? It has a layed out schedule. Let’s see. Of course if you have any firm indication that the schedule will go rat shit; please share it with us.

  11. joe,

    Hangar size is standard for a single chopper with folded rotors. The spaces to the left and right are for maintenance and heli operations. Similar to the KEDAH class layout.

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