Qatar is three years away from completing a new high-tech naval base as the Arabian Gulf state continues the rapid expansion of its naval capabilities.

The assistant director of the Qatari National Security Shield project, Naval Staff Brig. Tariq Al Obaidli, said that requirements include building a forward naval base with facilities to support special ops forces and air force operations.

Qatar’s huge oil and gas reserves and its reliance on sea trade makes maritime defense of paramount importance to the country, he said. […]