Military cooperation between nations relies heavily on mutual understanding and I am confident that today’s event will help strengthen already healthy partnerships

Commander Richard Atkinson, HMS Duncan’s Commanding Officer

Commander Richard Atkinson, Duncan’s Commanding Officer, said, “I was delighted to host our Qatari friends and colleagues on board Duncan. For the many Army and Air Force officers we hosted, we aimed to provide a relevant introduction to maritime capability and the effect of sea power.

“Military cooperation between nations relies heavily on mutual understanding and I am confident that today’s event will help strengthen already healthy partnerships.”

Alastair Clark, a staff member at the JBJJCSC, said: “This course, Course 3 has a student body of 30 from all branches of the Qatari Armed Forces and for the first time has welcomed overseas students from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman.  

“Strong support for the programme by the UK MoD through visiting speaker support and external visits, such as HMS Duncan, has been widely appreciated.”

HMS Duncan deployed in March from Portsmouth and is due to continue her deployment to the Middle East supporting security and freedom of navigation in the Gulf and region until the end of 2015.

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