Eight ships commissioned into Royal Bahrain Naval Force

The Royal Bahrain Naval Force offshore patrol vessel RBNS Al-Zubara (foreground) and the Royal Saudi Naval Force frigate Makkah transiting the Bab el-Mandeb strait on November 20, 2020 (Photo: US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Louis Thompson Staats IV)

The Royal Bahrain Naval Force commissioned eight vessels into service in a ceremony held earlier this month.

Formally welcomed into the fleet were the 81-metre offshore patrol vessel (OPV) RBNS Al-Zubara, the 35-metre fast patrol vessels (FPVs) RBNS Al-Areen and RBNS Mashhoor, and the 25-metre patrol boats RBNS Al-Daibal, RBNS Askar, RBNS Jaw, RBNS Al-Hidd, and RBNS Taghleeb.

Al-Areen and Mashhoor are both newbuild vessels supplied to Bahrain by US-based Swiftships. Al-Zubara is the ex-Royal Navy River-class OPV HMS Clyde while the five 25-metre boats are all ex-US Navy Mark V special operations craft.

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