QATAR, ITALY LAUNCH JOINT NAVAL DRILLS TO BOOST MILITARY TIES

Qatari and Italian naval forces started a joint exercise in Qatar’s territorial waters.

Qatar’s missile boat, Al Debal, and Italy’s frigate, Carlo Margottini, participated in the drills.

The joint exercise was conducted as part of the ongoing Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX), in the capital.

“The methodology of exercises and training among the forces evolves, as strong relations between the two friendly countries develop,” said Brig. Gen. Mubarak Rashid Al Sulaiti, commander of the Naval Operations Centre, Marine.

The exercise focuses on the manoeuvre and defence of a ship, in the event of an external attack, as well as, the exchange of experience, in maximising benefits, and training officers and personnel.

On Mar 16, Qatari Armed Forces, with Italian aerospace and defence company, Leonardo, signed deals on purchasing 28 NH90 helicopters and automatic simulators of these helicopters.

Last Aug, Qatar signed a 5-billion-euro (5.9-billion-U.S. dollar) deal, to purchase seven naval vessels from Italy.

Source: NAM News Network