MUSCAT: The Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) vessel Shabab Oman II will set off for first voyage to Europe on April 30. During the six-month journey to Europe, the vessel will take part in the tall ships races to be held in the Baltic Sea. RNO on Monday organised an introductory visit for various local media personnel to unveil details of the upcoming voyage that represents major cultural and civilised dimension. Lt Commander Ali bin Mohammed al Hosani, Commanding Officer, of RNOV Shabab Oman II said during the press meeting that the vessel comes to replace Shabab Oman I which came to achieve a vision of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos on the importance of cultural and civilised communication between the Sultanate and various countries around the world.
During the visual presentation, Lt Commander Al Hosani reviewed the voyages made by Shabab Oman I to Asia, Europe and North America, as well as winning the International Friendship Cup for ten times, which is one of the most prestigious tall ship awards in the world. He added that Shabab Oman voyages aim to extend bridges of friendship and peace among various nations around the world and promoting for the Sultanate’s tourism and culture, as well as training youth on tall ships sailing, polishing their skills and promoting spirit of adventure and competition among them. It also possesses latest nautical technologies. — ONA