Military units from the Royal Army of Oman (RAO)’s 23rd Infantry Brigade and the French Army conducted Thursday a practical demonstration of a joint military drill codenamed “Mountain Warrior 2022”.
The drill was held at the training ground of RAO at Al Jabal Al Akhdar or the Green Mountain.
The event was held under the auspices of Major General Mattar Salim Al Balushi, Commander of the RAO, and attended by Rear Admiral Emmanuel Slaars, Commander of the French Forces in the Indian Ocean and the military delegation accompanying him, Oman News Agency (ONA) reported.
The drill was conducted as part of a training plan undertaken by the RAO to maintain a high level of performance, training efficiency and combat fitness. It comprises a link in a series of RAO's programmes carried out in cooperation with armies of Arab and friendly countries to invigorate the preparedness of its personnel.
Earlier, Major General Al Balushi, received in his office (photo) Thursday the visiting Commander of the French Forces in the Indian Ocean.
During the meeting, the two sides exchanged views and discussed several military matters of mutual interest.
On Wednesday, Rear Admiral Saif Nasser Al Rahbi, Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) also received the Commander of the French Forces in the Indian Ocean.
The two sides reviewed areas of cooperation. They also exchanged views in the naval field to bolster stability and security both regionally and internationally.
The meeting was attended by Commodore Jasim Mohammed Al Balushi, Director of Operations and Plans at the RNO Command.
For his part, Air Commodore Zahran Nasser Ambosaidi, Acting Commander of the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) also received in his office at Al Murtafa’a Garrison Rear Admiral Emmanuel Slaars, Commander of the French Forces in the Indian Ocean.
During the meeting, the two sides exchanged views and reviewed several joint military matters.
Lastly, the French Commander and his accompanying delegation visited the Maritime Security Centre (MSC).
Upon the guests’ arrival, they were greeted by Commodore Jasim Mohammed Al Balushi, Director of Operations and Plans at the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) Command, and the Acting Head of the MSC.
Members of the visiting delegation were briefed on the roles and tasks carried out by the Centre in maintaining the safety of the maritime environment. They also toured the Centre’s facilities and viewed its latest equipment and technologies that are used in carrying out its national duties.