HMS Duncan hosts Qatar's Armed Forces

The UK’s newest warship hosted a special day at sea for military officers from Qatar’s Joint Command and Staff Course.

As part of her deployment to the Gulf region, the Type 45 destroyer laid on the demonstration for Army, Navy and Air Force officers studying on the select postgraduate course at Qatar’s Joaan Bin Jassim Joint Command and Staff College (JBJJCSC).

It was designed to demonstrate the use of the maritime instruments available to military officers as they move through their careers in an increasingly joined up, multinational environment.

The staff and students from Qatar got to see HMS Duncan’s Lynx helicopter and sea boats simulating the hunting down of a suspected vessel.  

The Royal Marine boarding team then demonstrated how they would search the vessel for illegal cargo.

The visitors were also briefed on the ship’s weapons, propulsion and navigation systems as well as touring the Operations Room.

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.