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  • oman Exercise Saif Sareea 3

    Duqm Port and Ras Markaz

    10-oct-18    to    03-nov-18

    Exercise Saif Sareea 3

    Joint UK-Omani all arms exercise. Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks of at least Cyclops Squadron, Royal Tank Regiment were shipped ahead to form the punch of the 1 Mercian Battle Group; in support, 4 REGT AAC provided at least 2 Apache AH.1 from 664 Sq. The UK contribution to the Amphibious Force which assaulted Ras Markaz consisted of 40 Commando RM and elements of 539 Assault Sq RM, 24 CDO Regt RE, 29 CDO Regt RA, 30 CDO RM and the CDO Logistic Regt RM. The RAF also contributed at least 3 Puma HC.2 and 3 Chinook.

    For the UK, this was a large scale overseas deployment (held partly in parallel with Exercise Trident Juncture 18 in Norway) and much of the heavy lifting was carried out in advance by sea using mv Anvil Point and mv Hurst Point operating from SMC Marchwood to the Port of Duqm. Whilst many of the units deployed were more capable, it was nonetheless eclipsed by the UK numbers committed to Saif Sareea 2 in Oct 2001. By contrast, Oman provided 60,000 of its Armed Forces and most of the escort Frigates and Corvettes.


    Royal Navy Exercise Saif Sareea 3 off Oman, 28-Oct-18 : #SaifSareea Largest Royal Navy task group in the Middle East in 15 years taking part in region’s biggest war game of 2018, Saif Sareea 3, off Oman


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    DatesRotary Wing Aircraft UnitModels
        oct18 to 03nov18 UK 27 Squadron Royal Air Force 414 - H-47D Chinook
        oct18 UK 664 Squadron Army Air Corps WAH-64 Apache
        oct18 UK 815 Squadron Fleet Air Arm AW159 Wildcat HMA2

    Not all models shown may have taken part in the Operation

    Individual helicopters

    Model IDs
    Boeing CH-47D Chinook ZA683     ZD983     ZH894    
    AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat HMA2 ZZ516    


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    Guided-Missile Destroyer  Type 45 Daring class   Royal Navy D35 HMS Dragon,
    Landing Ship/Platform Dock  Bay class   Royal Fleet Auxiliary L3007 RFA Lyme Bay, Royal Fleet Auxiliary L3009 RFA Cardigan Bay,
    Landing Ship/Platform Dock  Albion class   Royal Navy L14 HMS Albion,

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