of successful sea acceptance trials of the second SIGMA frigate for Royal
98 meters long SIGMA class frigate, the second frigate built by Damen
Schelde Naval Shipbuilding for the Royal Moroccan Navy, completed her
Sea Acceptance Trials successfully.
During the SAT, a very intensive program was carried out in which the
platform as well as the sensor weapons and communications suite were
extensively tested. The tests were performed by representatives of the
yard in close cooperation with representatives of the subcontractors,
the Royal Moroccan navy and the Royal Netherlands Navy.
During the SAT the bad weather conditions enabled the team to
test the frigate for her sea keeping performances. The customer, declared
to be very satisfied as they experienced the excellent performance of
the new SIGMA frigate.
The first SIGMA frigate was transferred to the Royal Moroccan Navy on
10 September 2011.
The second frigate is scheduled to be transferred in February 2012 whilst
the third frigate, also 98 meters, is still under construction at the
Damen yard in Vlissingen and is scheduled for Sea Acceptance Trials
in May 2012.
Navy SIGMA class Frigate, RMN Tariq ibn Ziyad, launched in 2011
(picture: Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding)
Launch of RMN Tariq ibn Ziyad Frigate
The three SIGMA-class frigates for the Royal Moroccan
Navy have been designed according to Schelde Naval Shipbuilding's revolutionary
SIGMA-approach and are a further development of the SIGMA-corvettes
for the Indonesian Navy. The SIGMA approach applies modularity in many
The Moroccan SIGMA Class frigates equipped to conduct the traditional
naval tasks as well as maritime security operations. The vessels are
also suited to support humanitarian aid operations.