Huge UK - Oman port joint venture for Royal Navy's carriers

BRITAIN'S newest, biggest and most powerful ever warships will benefit from a multi-million pound port joint venture announced between Britain and Oman.

The UK Secretary of Defence Michael Fallon announced the intent to develop a multi-million pound joint venture between British defence company Babcock International and the Oman Drydock Company.

The agreement, supporting development at the booming Duqm Port complex, will provide vital engineering work and support to the Royal Navy's new Queen Elizabeth Class super-aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth (shown above being named by Her Majesty the Queen in 2014) and HMS Prince of Wales, as well as other countries' naval vessels.

HMS Queen Elizabeth while fitting out at RosythThe two super carriers are the largest warships ever built for the Royal Navy and require deep water berths and sophisticated port maintenance facilities to ensure operating to their maximum capability in the Middle East, far from their homeport of Portsmouth, UK, when in service by 2020.

The agreement between the Oman Drydock Company, Babcock International and the UK and Omani governments once again underlines the vital importance and mutual benefit of the long term links and co-operation between the two countries.

Also, the UK is set to lead the Gulf joint maritime force from next month to curb piracy, terrorist insurgencies by ISIS, and other terrorist groups and counter smuggling. The Combined Task Force (CTF150) led by UK will cover two million square miles, including the Gulf of Oman, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, which is a crucial route for world trade.