09/12/2017 14:15

New vessel for Qatar as Turkey strengthens defense ties

Dubbed as the world’s fastest coast guard patrol vessel by the media, the Turkish shipyard-built ARES-150 Hercules OPV and ARES-110 Hercules was handed over to Qatar on Friday as Turkey and the Gulf country further deepen their ties in the defense field.

A handover ceremony attended by Turkish Minister of Transportation and Maritime Ahmet Arslan was held in the southern city of Antalya where the shipyard is located.

The ship is among 17 vessels the Qatari Interior Ministry commissioned from the Ares Shipyard. The 48-meter-long ship can reach a maximum speed of 30 knots and will be used for patrolling, anti-smuggling, counterterrorism and other operations.

ARES-150 Hercules OPV

Length Overall : 47.95 m
Beam : 8.90 m
Hull Draught : 1.84 m
Displacement : 245 Tons
Max. Speed : 30 Knots
Construction Material : FRP Composites
Classification / Survey : BV, TL / High Speed Naval Craft