QATAR CARRIES OUT JOINT NAVAL DRILLS WITH ITALY, INDIA

The Qatari Amiri Naval Forces (QANF), conducted joint drills separately, with the Italian and Indian naval forces, in Qatar’s territorial waters, on Saturday.

Qatar’s missile boat, Al-Debal, led by Lt.-Col. Falah Al-Ahbabi, and Italy’s anti-submarine frigate, Carlo Margottini, led by Commander Giuseppe Lai, took part in the first exercise, according to a statement by the Moral Guidance Dept. of the Qatari Defence Ministry.

The exercise aimed to share experience and train the personnel of both navies, on how to defend a ship, in case of an external attack, the statement noted.

The joint drill with the Indian Navy gathered Qatar’s missile boat, Al Ghariya II, commanded by Maj. Ghanim Al-Kaabi, and the Indian destroyer INS Kolkata, commanded by Col. Susheel Menon.

It aimed to train the crews of both ships on how to intercept, board and inspect a hostile vessel, in addition to searching and fire-fighting activities.

The two joint exercises followed the fifth Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (Dimdex 2018), which took place on Mar 12-14.

Source: NAM News Network