Fincantieri splashes Qatar’s new landing platform dock
Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has held a launching ceremony for Qatar’s new landing platform dock (LPD) Al Fulk.
As informed, the ceremony for the amphibious vessel ordered to Fincantieri by the Qatari Ministry of Defence within the national naval acquisition program took place at the Palermo shipyard.
The LPD, built entirely by Italian shipyards, is designed consistent with the RINAMIL (rules for naval ships classification) rules to ensure extremely efficient land-air-marine connections.
According to the company, it will be highly flexible and capable of fulfilling different kinds of tasks, from humanitarian interventions to support the Armed Forces and land operations.
The ship is about 143 meters long, 21.5 meters wide and it will be able to accommodate about 550 persons on board.
Furthermore, it will be equipped with two vehicle ramps and an internal floodable dock, capable of accommodating a ready-to-go LCM (Landing Craft Mechanized) that can also be stored on garage deck, and can be deployed using a system of davits. The flight deck is sized for hosting NH90 helicopter.