A BAHRAINI naval vessel upgraded with high-end defence capabilities is ready to be commissioned.
Al Manama, docked at Mina Salman Port, was among six vessels assigned for an upgrade in 2015.
Italian-based defence manufacturer Leonardo signed the over 50 million euro contract with the Royal Bahrain Naval Force to upgrade the vessels and provide relevant training services.
Navy officials along with representatives from Leonardo toured the ship on the sidelines of the Bahrain International Defence Conference and Exhibition (BIDEC), which was held under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad.
“Al Manama is the Royal Bahrain Naval Force’s pet ship which Leonardo is upgrading with a complete substitution of equipment,” said Leonardo marketing and sales representative Massimo Gualco.
“Al Manama today is technology-wise highly upgraded with changed computer systems and radars – only the original artillery is maintained.
“The ship will be handed to the navy by the end of the year after being tested, and next month she will go through a firing phase test and then will be handed over to the navy, ready for mission.
“The integration phase in the base was carried out by a Leonardo team which has been working since January and we are glad that work has been completed four months ahead of time.
“Simultaneously we are working on five other ships which are all in the upgrading phase.”
During the tour a demonstration of defence vessels was held at the port which was attended by naval officials from the GCC, foreign diplomats and military personnel.