Al Musannah: On the Royal Orders of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, the Royal Oman Navy Vessel (RNOV) "Shabab Oman II" set off for Europe on its third international voyage.
The vessel left Said Bin Sultan Naval Base on Sunday during a ceremony held under the patronage of Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Harib Al Busaidi, Minister Responsible for Defence Affairs.
After shaking hands with crew members, Sayyid Badr was briefed by the ship's commanding officers on the ship history, marine routes for its voyage, the national objectives behind the journey and the modern marine equipment and facilities that enable the ship to carry out its mission.
During the six-month voyage to Europe, the vessel will take part in the tall ships races scheduled to be held in the Baltic Sea, as well as several festivals and competitions.
The "Shabab Oman II" voyages aim to extend bridges of friendship and peace between the Sultanate and various nations around the world by introducing the Omani authentic cultural, rich marine history and the prosperity being witnessed by the Sultanate under the wise leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, the Supreme Commander of Armed Forces.
Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Harib al-Busaidi, Minister Responsible for Defence Affairs highlighted the leading role played by the ship today as it revives the rich marine history made by the loyal Omani forefathers.
Rear Admiral Abdullah bin Khamis al-Ra'eesi, Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) said that "Shabab Oman II" vessel completes the message, which was initiated by the "Shabab Oman I" namely spreading love and peace from Oman to various countries of the world. It will also showcase the Oman's glorious marine history and its bright present.
The farewell ceremony for the vessel was attended by ministers, commanders of the Sultan Armed Forces (SAF), military and security departments, honourable members of the State Council, members at Majlis A'Shura, Governors of North and South Al Batinah, senior officers at SAF, military and security departments, walis and the Ambassador of the French Republic to the Sultanate.