The new facility will enable Britain to work with our allies to reinforce stability in the Gulf and beyond.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

He continued,“The presence of the Royal Navy in Bahrain is guaranteed into the future, ensuring Britain’s sustained presence east of Suez.

“The new facility will enable Britain to work with our allies to reinforce stability in the Gulf and beyond.”

The proposed facilities will provide a bigger facility for ships on operations and their equipment, as well as providing accommodation for support personnel.

Having ships and Royal Navy personnel based in the Gulf enables the UK to respond swiftly to threats in the region, as well as allowing deployment from the Gulf to provide support elsewhere in the world.

Commander Joint Forces Command, General Sir Richard Barrons KCB CBE ADC, said:  “It is a pleasure to attend this event today to mark the start of the construction phase to improve the port facilities at Mina Salman.

t is a reflection of the continued cooperation and engagement between the Bahrain Defence Forces and the UK Armed Forces. We welcome the continued support from Bahrain which enables the Royal Navy to operate in the Gulf region.”

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