Lyme Bay arrives in Middle East for UK’s biggest war game since 2001

October 15, 2018 – Amphibious support ship RFA Lyme Bay has arrived in the Middle East ready to throw her weight behind the biggest war game Britain has held in the region in more than 15 years.

The 16,000-tonne ship has enjoyed an action-packed 5,000-mile journey from Falmouth to the new port of Duqm in Oman, where Britain has permanent facilities to support her naval operations in the region.

The man-made port, which has turned a fishing village into a sizeable town in barely a decade, is the hub of naval operations for Saif Sareea 3, an infrequent but large-scale Anglo-Omani exercise aimed at testing the two nations’ armed forces ability to fight side-by-side in the unforgiving Middle East environment.

There’s a substantial Royal Marines amphibious element to the exercise, which begins later this month, involving flagship HMS Albion backed up by Lyme Bay, whose command facilities were enhanced ahead of Saif Sareea (Swift Sword) to improve her ability to conduct and direct complex amphibious operations.