17 Jul 2017 - 0:54
Emiri Naval Forces and British Navy conduct joint exercise
Emiri Naval Forces began a joint naval exercise with British Royal Navy forces in Qatar’s territorial waters.
The Ministry of Defence’s moral guidance directorate said the exercise has two phases. The first of which will focus on training and lecturers in Hamad International Port on firefighting, an inventory of the damage, maritime communications, special ship protection exercises during docking and lectures on marine surface warfare.
The second includes practical exercises on minesweeping operations to clear marine channel, maritime communications, artillery and naval missile communications delivery along with a number of other naval operational exercises.
The directorate explained that a number of Qatari Armed Forces’ state-of-the-art boats and naval equipment and those of their British counterpart will be used in the exercise, including Barzan missile boat, Damsa missile boat and British minesweeper Middleton.
The goal of two-day exercise is to exchange experiences among participating forces, develop and standardise maritime concepts, train Qatari and British crews on various support methods and simulate missile launch from warships. This exercise comes at the request of the British Royal Navy forces in accordance with prior agreements between the two sides within the framework of bilateral cooperation to support efforts to combat terrorism and smuggling operations and maintain security and stability in the region.