The Directorate of Defence Communications (DDC) at the Ministry of Defence announced the conclusion of the joint maritime exercise (Rapid Response), executed by Qatar Emiri Naval Forces (QENF) and its Turkish counterpart in the Qatari territorial waters over a period of two days.
The Director of Defence Communications Lt.Col Nawaf bin Mubarak bin Saif AlThani said that “the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF), Special Naval Force (SNF) of the Special Joint Forces, General Directorate of Coasts & Borders Security have also participated in the exercise”
Surface missile live fire also happened during the maritime manoeuvres, in addition to the participation of the visiting Turkish TCG GOKOVA, one of Turkey’s state-of-the-art Naval assets. Naval formation commander Lt Col (Sea) Falah Mahdi Al Ahbabi stated that “the exercise consisted of two phases. The first included joint maritime combat and anti-piracy anti-terror manoeuvres, while the second included joint manoeuvers in raiding and inspection of suspected ships as well as combat maritime manoeuvres”.