Al Munassir (L1)
Remains of an Oerlikon gun mount on the sunken 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|
|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 |
|Aviation facilities:||Deck for 1 helicopter up to a Westland Sea King|
Al Munassir was ordered in 1977 from Brooke Marine by the government of Oman and laid down on 4 July that year. 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. 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.
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. 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.
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