In strengthening defense ties and collaboration with key maritime stakeholders in the Gulf region, Commander Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, Rear Admiral (RADM) Saw Shi Tat conducted a series of Key Leadership Engagement (KLE) visits in Oman from 16 to 17 August 2018.
RADM Saw visited the Commander of Royal Navy of Oman, Rear Admiral Abdullah Bin Khamis Bin Abdullah Al Raisi, as well as the Commander of Royal Oman Police Coast Guard, Officer Commanding Royal Oman Police Coast Guard, Staff Colonel (Engineer) Ali Saif Khalfan Al Muqbali.
RADM Saw meeting the Commander Royal Oman Police Coast Guard, Officer Commanding Royal Oman Police Coast Guard Staff Colonel (Engineer) Ali Saif Khalfan Al Muqbali
The commanders re-affirmed the importance of collaborating closely with one another to ensure free flow of commerce where some 21,000 vessels, carrying 10% of the world’s annual crude oil and petroleum requirements traverse through the Gulf of Aden alone.
The commanders also agreed that the scourge of piracy is suppressed but not eradicated. Continued and regular presence of warships would be critical in ensuring stability and good order of the region.
RADM Saw expressed his appreciation to both the Royal Navy of Oman and Royal Oman Police Coast Guard for their strong support of CTF 151 units. RADM Saw said: “Oman plays a key role in promoting regional maritime security, and the Oman Navy and Coast Guard have provided tremendous support to coalition forces. Without a doubt, Oman is one of the most important regional security stakeholders.”