Saudi Arabia launches new combat ship in Jeddah

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili launched on Tuesday His Majesty’s Ship Onaiza, the fifth vessel in the Sarawat project, Saudi Press Agency reported.

Sarawat project ships are equipped with cutting-edge combat systems designed to address air, surface, and subsurface threats, including electronic warfare capabilities. The ships serve as a vital addition to the Royal Saudi Navy’s arsenal, aimed at safeguarding the nation’s maritime interests and capabilities.

On arriving at the King Faisal Naval Base in Jeddah, Al-Ruwaili was received by Commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces Vice Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al-Ghofaily.

In his address during the launch ceremony, Al-Ghofaily emphasized the significance of Onaiza, an Avante 2200 corvette, in bolstering maritime security in the region and safeguarding the Kingdom’s strategic interests.

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