Al Munassir (L1)

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Al Munassir 01.JPG
Remains of an Oerlikon gun mount on the sunken Al Munassir
History
Oman
Name: Al Munassir
Builder: Brooke Marine, Lowestoft
Laid down: 4 July 1977
Launched: 25 July 1978
Commissioned: 31 January 1979
Status: Sunk as an artificial reef 22 April 2003
General characteristics
Type: Amphibious warfare ship
Displacement: 2169 tons (full)
Length: 84.1 m (276 ft)
Beam: 14.9 m (49 ft)
Draft: 2.3 m (7.5 ft)
Propulsion: Two Mirrlees Blackstone ES L8MGR diesel engines, 2,440 bhp (1,820 kW), two shafts
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h)
Range: 4,400 nautical miles (8,100 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)
Complement: 9 officers, 38 ratings
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Decca TM 1229 navigational radar
  • Kelvin Hughes MS 45 echo sounder
  • Reifon Omega navigator
  • Ericsson laser range finder
  • LSE optical range finder
Armament:
Aviation facilities: Deck for 1 helicopter up to a Westland Sea King

Al Munassir was an amphibious warfare vessel operated by the Royal Navy of Oman. The vessel was launched in 1978 and sunk as an artificial reef in 2003.

Design[edit]

Al Munassir was ordered in 1977 from Brooke Marine by the government of Oman and laid down on 4 July that year.[1] The vessel was designed to transport up to 550 tonnes (540 long tons; 610 short tons) of cargo or 8 main battle tanks along with 188 fully equipped troops which disembark from bow doors and a ramp.[2] Fire support was to be provided by a single OTO Melara 76 mm gun mounted on forward, while a helipad aft could accommodate a helicopter up to the size of a Westland Sea King.[3]

Service[edit]

Launched on 25 July 1978 and commissioned on 3 April 1979, Al Munassir served as an amphibious operation and logistics vessel for the Omani fleet.[4] The vessel was placed in reserve in the mid 1990s and subsequently retired to become a harbour training ship at the end of the twentieth century.[5]

Fate[edit]

Al Munassir was sunk as an artificial reef on 22 April 2003.[6] The wreck is off the coast of Muscat at 23°31′02″N 58°45′28″E / 23.51722°N 58.75778°E / 23.51722; 58.75778Coordinates: 23°31′02″N 58°45′28″E / 23.51722°N 58.75778°E / 23.51722; 58.75778 at a depth between 10 and 30 metres (33 and 98 ft).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cowin, Hugh W. (1983). Warships. London: Frederick Warne. p. 171. ISBN 0723216398.
  2. ^ Sharpe, Richard (1994). Jane's Fighting Ships, 1994–95. Coulsdon: Jane's Information Group. p. 471. ISBN 0710611617.
  3. ^ Cowin, Hugh W. (1986). Conway's Directory of Modern Naval Power 1986. London: Conway Maritime. p. 170. ISBN 0851773621.
  4. ^ Couhat, Jean Labayle (1980). Combat Fleets of the World. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press. p. 398. ISBN 0870211234.
  5. ^ Wertheim, Eric (2005). The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World. Annapolis, Maryland: US Naval Institute Press. p. 526. ISBN 1591149347.
  6. ^ Darke, Diana; Walsh, Tony (2017). Oman. Chalfont St Peter: Bradt. p. 99. ISBN 1784770205.