UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has revealed plans to establish a multi-million pound joint venture between British defence company Babcock International and Oman Drydock Company.
The agreement will support the development of the Duqm Port complex in the Middle East and will offer engineering services and support to the world’s naval vessels, including the UK’s new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers.
Fallon said: "This partnership will bring British engineering expertise to help develop Duqm as a strategic port for the Middle East on the Indian Ocean, benefiting the Royal Navy and others.
"It demonstrates how our long term commitment to the Middle East is promoting our security and prosperity."
The UK and Oman’s defence, security and prosperity agendas are being significantly benefitted by the Duqm port project.
UK’s permanent presence at Duqm is expected to pave the way for development of the naval facility to support future carrier capability and other British maritime operational needs in the area.
The defence secretary also signed a memorandum of understanding with Oman to pledge support and interoperability to conduct exercises and training together.
He has also asserted on the importance of fortifying a global coalition to stem the progress of the militant group ISIS and its like.
Fallon added: "Last week’s attacks in Brussels were a reminder that all of us, the Gulf and Europe, must stand together to defeat Daesh and its ideology."
Image: UK plans multi-million pound joint venture with Oman. Photo: courtesy of Crown Copyright.