Muscat: United Kingdom’s HMS Albion, one of the Navy’s two ‘giant’ amphibious assault ships, arrived in Port Duqm, Royal Navy has announced.
Oman’s Navy officials said that the ship was ready to lead the naval element of the Omani-British joint military exercise — Saif Sareea 3. “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,” Oman’s Royal Navy said.
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In a statement online, Commodore James Parkin, Commander of the Amphibious task group, said, “HMS Albion represents the very best of the British Armed Forces — able to deploy globally, crammed to the gunwales with modern weapons and sensors, and capable of putting a potent landing force of commandos from sea onto land.”
“It will also be the most demanding test of Britain’s new Joint Logistics Support Base at Duqm, a new port roughly half way between Oman’s capital Muscat and Salalah,” the Royal Navy added. While the Ministry of Transport and Communication said that the vessel’s arrival in Port Duqm “confirms the port’s capability to receive the largest [of] vessels”.
The vessel also carries armoured vehicles called the Vikings, that provide mobility while protecting troops.