Muscat, As part of the concluding events of the

Swift Sword 3 joint military exercise, a comprehensive briefing on the

achievements made during the joint operations stage was given at the

Commands of Swift Sword 3 today.

During the briefing, the commanders of the Sultan Armed

Forces (SAF) praised the high level of SAF, as well as other military,

security and civil organisations. They also hailed the soldiers combat

efficiency at the operation theatre, as well as their punctuality and

professionalism in the hypothetical and actual events. The briefing also

covered the multiple training objectives achieved at the various areas

related to the joint military operations.

Lt.Gen Ahmed bin Harith al-Nabhani, SAF Chief of Staff

(Exercise Director) hailed the participants at Al Shomoukh 2 and Swift

Sword 3 exercises, whether from SAF, other military, security and civil

organisations, as well as the participants from the British side. He

congratulated them on the great success made during the exercise

and thanked them for the efforts exerted. He urged them to maintain

such high level of performance and develop it in the future.

On his part, Maj.Gen Mattar bin Salim al-Balushi, Commander of

the Royal Army of Oman (RAO), (Commander of the Joint Forces) said

“Al Shomoukh 2 and Swift Sword 3 military exercises have achieved the

planned training goals. I hail the punctuality and high performance of

the Omani officers and soldiers in planning, training, implementation

and joint work areas. The Omani and British forces benefited from the

joint exercise”.

Air Vice Marshal Mattar bin Ali al-Obaidani, Commander of the

Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO), (Chief of Exercise Control) said, “The

Swift Sword 3 military exercise implemented by the Sultan Armed

Forces and the Royal British Forces with participation from military,

security and other public organisations in the Sultanate has been

successfully concluded. The exercise has achieved all its objectives

and we came out with many learnt lessons”.

Rear Admiral Abdullah bin Khamis al-Ra’eesi, Commander of

the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO), (Deputy Director of the Exercise) said

“The participation of the RNO at the exercise has been very fruitful from

the strategic, operational and mobilisation levels. We came out with

many lessons that will help us in developing our potentials and


Maj.Gen Stuart Skeates, Commander of the British Force and

(Assistant Commander of the Joint Forces) said that he believes that

the exercise has achieved its aims for the Omani and British sides and

in a manner that augments the strong Omani-British relations.

Air Vice Marshal Bruce Hedley, 2nd Deputy of the Swift Sword 3

Exercise said that United Kingdom (UK) benefited a lot from taking part

at Al Shomoukh 2 and Swift Sword 3 military exercises. “I believe that

the harmony and integration between the armed forces in the two

countries have been exceptional. I am really happy to be part of this

exercise. I am really impressed by what I saw in Oman and its

approach in implementing the joint operations. The huge exercise has

been implemented with high professionalism,” he added.

Source: Oman News Agency