Sultanate, Iran stage annual naval exercise

MUSCAT: Ships of the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO), as well as ships of the Iranian navy held joint naval exercise (search and rescue) at the territorial waters of the Sea of Oman on Wednesday.
The drill is part of the RNO’s annual training plans and sharing of experience with friendly countries to sustain the readiness levels of the RNO fleet and personnel for their national tasks.
982633The drill involved plans for measures designed for rescue operations and requirements of naval search process.
The drill was backed by aircraft of the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) and the Royal Oman Police (ROP), as well as participation of helicopters of the Iranian armed forces.
The drill also comes on the sidelines of meetings of the Omani-Iranian Joint Military Friendship Committee being held in Muscat from April 8 to April 15.
The two sides discussed several topics listed on the agenda that would contribute in upgrading the level of relations and strengthening ties of existing cooperation in various fields between the two countries.
Brigadier Hamad bin Rashid al Balushi, Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations and Planning, Brigadier Dr Qadeer Nizami, Deputy Chief of Chief of Iranian Armed Forces for International Affairs and senior officers were present during the exercise. — ONA