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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Carlo Margottini Conducts Maintenance Stopover in Muscat

May 17, 2019 (Google Translation) – As part of its commitment to ensure the protection of merchant shipping and the vessels of the World Food Program in the Gulf of Aden and along the northern coasts of Somalia under the European flag of the Atalanta anti-piracy operation , frigate Margottini made an operational halt in the port of Muscat. The days used in the port served to carry out periodic maintenance on some on-board systems and carry out the normal logistical settlement of materials and food. At the end of…

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Saudi Exercise Joint Island Shield 10

February 22, 2019 (Google Translation) – The arrival of the military forces from the Gulf Cooperation Council countries along with the Saudi forces, participants in the joint island shield exercise 10, which will start on Saturday in the eastern region. The Commander of the Eastern Region Commander of the joint force in the exercise of the Shield of the island joint 10 Major General Abdullah bin Saeed Al-Qahtani that everyone is ready to start the exercise with brothers from the Gulf Cooperation Council, and will be training on a number…

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ITS Carlo Margottini Makes Port Call to Dammam, Saudi Arabia

February 23, 2019 (Google Translation) – From today until 25 February the European Multi-Mission Frigate (FREMM) Carlo Margottini will be parked in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, the fourth leg of the naval campaign in the Middle East and the Arabian Sea (MOMA) which sees the Naval unit of the Marina Militare carry out activities of presence and surveillance in the area, to protect the lines of maritime traffic of national interest. The campaign is also part of the activities carried out in the field of international cooperation and dialogue between the…

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ARES will build 14 patrol boats for the coast guard of Oman

November 15, 2018 (Google Translation) – Turkish boat building company ARES Shipyard announced on November 13, 2018 that it signed a contract to build 14 high-speed patrol boats of the Ares 85 Hercules project for the Coast Guard of the Royal Oman Police (Royal Oman Police Coast Guard – ROPCG). The contract was awarded to ARES based on the results of an international tender, in which ten shipyards from different countries participated, the parameters of the contract were not disclosed. Image of the Ares 85 Hercules patrol boat of the…

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Retracing the Ancient Maritime Trade Routes- Tall Ship Sail-Together

November 14, 2018 – The Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) and Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC along with the Commander of Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi flagged off a Tall Ship Sail-together from naval base, Kochi on 14 Nov 18. The event which was organized by the Indian Navy as part of the 10th Anniversary celebrations of IONS, was attended by chiefs from navies and delegates from 26 countries participating in the 10th anniversary commemorative activities besides…

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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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HMS Albion arrives in Oman to lead biggest exercise in 15 years

October 4, 2018 – Britain’s flagship HMS Albion has arrived in Oman ready to lead the naval element of the largest combined military exercise for UK forces since 2002. Over the coming weeks more than 4,000 British personnel will be tested in the punishing sands of the desert alongside their Omani comrades in temperatures nudging 40ºC. Assault ship HMS Albion – on the final leg of a nine-month deployment which has taken her as far east as Japan – spearheads substantial Royal Navy involvement in Exercise Saif Sareea (Swift Sword).…

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Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS)

September 26, 2018 – In the series of meetings of IONS Working Group (IWG) on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR), the 3rd meeting is scheduled at Headquarters Eastern Naval Command, Vishakhapatnam from 27 to 28 September 2018. IONS, the 21st century’s first significant international maritime security initiative launched in February 2008, provides a forum for discussion of regional maritime issues and promotes friendly relationships among member nations. It presently has 24 members and eight observer navies. Participants from the IWG member nations including Australia, Bangladesh, France, India, Indonesia, Iran,…

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Chinese ocean-going naval task group ends visits to 20 countries

A Chinese naval task group on an ocean-going visit mission came back to a naval port in Zhoushan City , Zhejiang Province of East China, on Oct 15, after completing its mission of visiting 20 countries in Asia, Africa and Europe. The task group consisted of the guided-missile destroyer Changchun, the guided-missile frigate Jingzhou and the comprehensive supply ship Chaohu. The 176-day-long mission, with a navigational distance of more than 31,000 nautical miles, covered two oceans and three continents. Since its departure on April 23, the Chinese naval task group…

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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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USS Somerset Visits Duqm, Oman

February 13, 2017 – Amphibious transport dock USS Somerset (LPD 25) departed Duqm, Oman, following a port visit and mid-deployment maintenance availability, Feb. 10. The port visit allowed Somerset to conduct maintenance required to keep the vessel mission-ready for the remainder of its deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.  The crew and members of the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) also took advantage of the opportunity to experience Oman’s culture during liberty. Port facilities and services in Duqm have expanded in recent years to offer U.S.…

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