Abu-Dhabi Class (Commandante)

Gulf Militaries See Need for More Naval Muscle

Increased threat of maritime conflict involving Arabian Gulf nations has heightened concern among regional navies, which helped spur the recent formation of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) maritime security force. Threats to regional waters over the past year have extended from the Strait of Hormuz further south to the Bab Al Mandab gateway in Yemen […]

Offshore Security Drives Gulf Naval Procurements

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states are increasing security around their offshore oil infrastructure, due to an array of threats from sea-based dangers. According to Michele Cosentino, a former Italian Navy commodore, GCC members have chosen different approaches to carry out their maritime strategies, especially protecting oil facilities and commercial shipping. Cosentino, in an article he […]

Corvettes of the Persian Gulf: A Strategic Survey

The Persian Gulf has long been a waterway of strategic importance. On average, $105 billion worth of goods are exchanged between Iran and the Gulf states each year. In addition, approximately 20% of the world’s petroleum traverses the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow passage between the Persian Gulf and the open seas. Clearly, ensuring the […]