More than 70,000 participants from numerous military, safety and civil establishments alongside much more than five,500 soldiers from the British Armed Forces, took element and the authorities mentioned the workouts had been a achievement.
Air Commodore Maktoum bin Salim al Mazrouei, Assistant SAF Chief of Staff for Joint Training and Exercises, mentioned numerous military weapons and gear, which had lately joined service, had been utilized in the workouts which are regarded as the greatest field workouts in terms of size in the history of Sultan’s Armed Forces.
“Exercises Swift Sword 3 and Al Shomoukh 2 were the largest in the history of the Sultan’s Armed Forces. We have achieved all the national goals set out for the two exercises. The British Armed Forces have influenced many common concepts of joint operations between the two sides,” he mentioned.
He added that the Sultan’s Armed Forces exchanged military expertise with the British Armed Forces that have a history of military capabilities, and experience and the workouts have not reported any injuries.
“The remaining days of the exercises will witness our success and there would be a practical final drill to showcase our maritime, land and air drill capabilities.”
He mentioned that the two forces will decide the lessons learnt from each and every other and from the two workouts in order to take benefit of future workout plans.
“The drill will be conducted with live ammunition in the simulated theatre environment with real battle operations,” he mentioned.
Brig Gen Mark Peter Kenyon, director of the Directorate of Military Development, mentioned Swift Sword three has been so effective and is a excellent demonstration of the historic and enduring friendship that exists among the two nations and among the two armed forces.
“Omani and British forces demonstrated our ability to work closely together at sea, on land and in the air. We have conducted amphibious landings, deploying, for the first time, Omani troops from British ships; and we have conducted combined armoured operations involving 20,000 Omani and British troops in the desert of Oman,” he mentioned.
“Another first, we have deployed our fighter aircraft side by side and conducted the air-to-air refuelling on Omani Typhoon fighters from British Voyager aircraft. Significantly improving their ability to operate together during this exercise,” he added.
Brig Gen Kenyon mentioned, “Swift Sword three workout has demonstrated that the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom stay prepared and capable to help our buddies and allies wherever and anytime it is required.
“The firepower demonstration this Saturday will showcase the British and Omani equipment used on the exercises and is a statement of both countries commitment to one another and the United Kingdom’s commitment to stability across the Gulf region.”
Information Source: Muscat Daily