The Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) is making good progress in renewing its surface fleet, although the navy’s chief notes that more is to be done as the service seeks to enhance its capability for securing Oman’s maritime interests in an increasingly dynamic operating environment.

Speaking to IHS Jane’s at the interim acceptance ceremony for RNOV Sadh (Z 22), the third of four 1,250-tonne Al-Ofouq-class patrol vessels built by Singapore’s ST Marine, RNO commander Rear Admiral Abdullah bin Khamis bin Abdullah al-Raisi said that the ships will form the backbone of the service’s surface warfare fleet. The vessels join three 2,700-tonne guided-missile corvettes delivered under Project Khareef.

The RNO is also due to receive the first of two high-speed support vessels (HSSVs) being built by Australia’s Austal. The HSSVs will replace the use of two multipurpose high-speed ferries – also built by Austal – that have been called upon to provide light intra-theatre sealift capacity when required. […]