Survey ship HMS Echo became the first Royal Navy ship to visit the Middle East’s newest port – a port her sister ship Enterprise played a role in creating.

Echo tested the facilities in the Omani port of Duqm – a fishing village just a few years ago – to confirm that they could meet the needs of Royal Navy ships in the region.

The new harbour lies on Oman’s east coast, roughly half way between the capital Muscat and the southern city of Salalah – both regular ports of call for Royal Navy vessels operating in the Arabian Sea.