Harpers Ferry Completes MDVR in Duqm, Oman

August 14, 2019 – USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) completed its mid-deployment voyage repair (MDVR) while pierside in Duqm, Oman, Aug. 12. The seven-day port visit allowed the crew and contractors to perform vital repairs and maintenance to ventilation, plumbing, lagging, and the ship’s aft close-in weapons system (CIWS), but also gave Sailors and Marines the opportunity to get off the ship to explore a new place. “Deployments are a demanding and challenging time, not only for the Sailor and Marines onboard Harpers Ferry, but for our equipment as well,”…

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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…

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UK Defence Minister Reaffirms UK Commitment to Persian Gulf

October 5, 2018 – Gulf security is our security, Defence Minister Mark Lancaster reaffirmed whilst visiting Iraq, Bahrain and Oman. As part of the five-day visit, the minister also officially opened the UK-Oman joint exercise, Saif Sareea 3, alongside Oman’s Minister Responsible for Defence Affairs, His Excellency Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Harub Al Busaidi. Defence Minister Mark Lancaster said, “The security of the Gulf is of the utmost importance to not only regional stability, but to the world’s economic stability. “Our commitment to our international responsibilities in the region…

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Indian Naval units of Western Naval Command on Long Range Deployment

Two Indian Naval Ships, a submarine and two Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft of the Western Naval Command are presently on deployment to the Western Arabian Sea and southern Indian Ocean. Indian Naval Ship Mumbai and submarine entered Duqm, Oman September 20th as part of this deployment to the Western Arabian Sea, after conducting a series of exercises enroute. An Indian naval submarine is visiting a foreign port after a long gap. The Naval units are on a month long deployment with the aim of enhancing surveillance and cooperation with…

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