Royal Bahrain Naval Force (RBNF) - Modernization
On March 20, 1979, the Kingdom of Bahrain launched its first warship, the Zubarah, at a ceremony held under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Supreme Commander of the Kingdom. "We see a good start with the latest that can be obtained, thanks to God and the wise leadership of what is good to serve our Islam, our Arabism and our strength".
Work continued on the implementation of the goals set by the General Command to form and build this important weapon, and one of the most prominent of these goals and achievements was His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister on 03 March 1982, under the auspices of the inauguration ceremony Bahrain (Dialogue) One of the warships that joined her sister in the Royal Bahrain Navy in the Defense Force.
On 05 February 1983, three warships (Al-Jarem, Al-Jasra, and Ajira) were launched in support of the role played by the Bahraini Royal Navy. On 05 February 1984, on the occasion of the 16th IDF Day, Sheikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa was inaugurated by the inauguration of the rocket ship Ahmad Al-Fateh.
As part of the development and modernization process that accompanies the development plan of the Royal Bahraini Navy, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Supreme Commander of the State of Bahrain, on February 7, 1985, on the occasion of the celebration of the 17th Defense Force Day inaugurated the ship of the Kingdom of Bahrain. Jabri. On the occasion of the Nineteenth Day of the Defense Force, and on the twenty-first of April 1987, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa inaugurated the country's supreme commander and sponsored the missile ship Abdulrahman Al-Fadhil.
On February 3, 1988, the Royal Bahraini Navy witnessed an important paradigm shift. This event has had a great impact and admiration exceeded all imagination, this demonstrated by the members of the Bahraini Royal Navy of skill in the performance of duty, and training in a very good quality. As the march of modernization and development of the Bahraini Royal Navy continues. The 22nd day of the Defense Force was celebrated. On February 5, 1990, the warship (Taweelah), which was considered one of the newest pieces in the Royal Bahrain Navy, was inaugurated due to its modern techniques.
A NAVCENT-initiated Section 1206 funded proposal would upgrade Bahrain's Coastal Surveillance Radar. The proposal did not receive funding through the Section 1206 program in 2008, but was submitted again in 2009. If approved, this proposal would significantly improve Bahrain's maritime security capability and send a strong message of support to the government at a time of steep reductions in FMF and IMET funding. Under this proposal the Bahrain Navy will receive new equipment that will augment the system already owned by the Bahrain Coast Guard. The picture will be shared with the Bahrain Coast Guard, Bahrain Military Intelligence, and the U.S. Navy. The radar picture can potentially be shared with other countries in the region.
The system will give increased protection capability, but it is not integrated with any other Bahraini or US assets. In order for the system to be useful, there must be a way to integrate it with existing communication facilities and command centers. The equipment that will satisfy this requirement is the TYQ-23 Tactical Air Operations Module.
Al Manama-class Guided-Missile Patrol Combatants are based on the Lürssen FPB 62-class corvettes. They are designed to perform anti-surface warfare (ASuW) with self-defense anti-air warfare (AAW) capability and secondary anti-submarine warfare (ASW) using an helicopter. The vessels have a length of 63 meters, beam of 9.3 meters and a full load displacement of 632 tons. They are powered by four MTU 20V538 TB93 marine diesel engines, and have a maximum speed of 34.5 knots and a range of 4000 nautical miles at 16 knots. The vessels are armed with one 76mm OTO Melara main gun, one twin 40 mm OTO Melara 70 cal. L70B anti-aircraft (AA) gun, two 12.7mm machine guns (MG) and four Exocet MM40 SSM anti-ship missiles (AShM). They can embark one AS 365F Dauphin or Bo-105 helicopter.
The Royal Bahrain Naval Force awarded Leonardo a contract to upgrade six vessels Al Manama-class in 2015. The first ship, called Al Manama, was delivered in December 2017 two months ahead of schedule, proving the strong commitment of Leonardo in supporting the Royal Bahrain Naval Force as well as all its customers in the country. The upgrade includes a new weapon control system, training services and logistics following a deal signed in 2015 with the Royal Bahrain Naval Force. Leonardo delivered the second of six upgraded naval vessels, RBNS Al Muharraq, during a ceremony in Mina Salman at Royal Bahrain Navy Head Quarters November 22, 2018.
On Sep. 8, 2017 the US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Bahrain for 35 Meter Fast Patrol Boats. The estimated cost is $60.25 million. Bahrain has requested the purchase of two (2) 35 meter Fast Patrol Boats, each equipped with one (1) MK38 Mod 3 25mm gun weapon system and one (1) SeaFLIR 380 HD Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) device. Additionally, Bahrain has requested communication equipment; support equipment; spare and repair parts; tools and test equipment; technical data and publications; personnel training; U.S. government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support.
This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a major Non-NATO ally, which has been and continues to be an important security partner in the region. This proposed sale of patrol boats will enhance the military capabilities of the Royal Bahrain Naval Force in the fulfillment of its self-defense, maritime security, and counter-terrorism missions. Bahrain will use the capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense. This sale will also improve interoperability with United States and regional allies. Bahrain will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.
The principal contractors for systems listed include: 35 meter Fast Patrol Boats-SwiftShips, Morgan City, LA; MK38 Mod 3 25mm Gun Weapon System-BAE Systems, Louisville, KY; SeaFlir Model 380 HD Forward Looking Infra-Red Device-Flir Systems, Inc., Portland, OR. There are no known offset agreements proposed in conjunction with this potential sale.
Bahrain is set to receive another five US-made military patrol boats, a post on the US Federal Business Opportunities [FBO] website reported. The website's posts dated April 11 and 12, 2017 reported that the US Military Sealift Command was looking to charter cargo ships in order to transport the boats - known as the Mark V SOC [Special Operations Craft] - via Thessaloniki, Greece and the US naval base on Guam. The delivery date to Bahrain was expected to be August 1. The Mk V is a marine security/patrol/transport boat frequently used by the US Naval Special Warfare Command. The Royal Bahrain Naval Force [RBNF] already had two Mk V boats.
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