The Royal Navy of Oman full-rigged ship RNOV Shabab Oman II has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.
Royal Navy of Oman has taken delivery of RNOV Shabab Oman on Sep. 12, 2004, during a ceremony at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in Vlissingen, the Netherlands.
RNOV Shabab Oman II was designed by Dykstra Naval Architects, Amsterdam. Her keel was laid in Mar. 2013. She was built by Damen Shipyards, Galtati, Romania and launched on Dec. 2nd, 2013. In Jan. 2014, she was towed to Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (in Vlissingen) for fitting out, including the fitting of her masts.
RNOV Shabab Oman II will also serve as the training for the Royal Navy of Oman, having replaced the previous sail training ship of the same name (RNOV Shabab Oman, built in 1977).
THe Royal Navy of Oman sail training ship is presently berthing alongside at Boiler wharf (in the French creek), and she's expected to sail for Malta this Thursday, Oct. 23rd (21-Oct-2014)