QATAR EMIRI NAVAL FORCES
Qatar has a small 1,800-man navy, including its marine police force and coastal defence artillery. Since
1990 the Qatari Navy has increased its manpower.
In the past a great show of strength meant large ships and submarines cruising the oceans burning fossil and nuclear fuels at an alarming rate. Today, cleaner technology and persistent monitoring is seen as a better use of resources. In the future solar powered ships will ply the oceans at almost no fuel cost and may be fully autonomous - thus saving on crews and lives, should engagement become necessary.
The seeds of such technology are being planted in the development of the Bluefish/SNAV platform, a small ship that runs on energy harvested from nature. Navies may modify the core design for themselves under licence, or put forward a specification to meet their needs for development in the UK; for build by a contractor within Qatar under licence, which might include the right to build for other navies.
future of naval warfare is not having a big ship, but knowing where the
enemy's big ship is - so that it may be neutralized. A big ship is therefore
not an asset, other than for fleet display and propaganda purposes. Whereas,
the real problems of coastal control, charting and mine
countermeasures, are everyday services that need to be done. An
effective naval force is one that does its duty as well or better, for less
than another navy.
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Qatar DCNS stand: Major-General Hamad Bin Ali al Attiyah views warship models
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