Typhoon jets and a Voyager tanker have arrived in Oman for Exercise MAGIC CARPET, an annual bilateral exercise between the UK and Oman.
The Royal Air Force say here that the Typhoons of II (AC) Squadron RAF Lossiemouth and 12 Squadron RAF Coningsby, and a Voyager from RAF Brize Norton with over 300 RAF support personnel have now started the two-week exercise.
“The RAF will be working with the RAF of Oman to deliver air-to-ground and air-to-air refuelling training to RAF and Omani pilots. The Exercise strengthens the RAF’s role as a key partner for Oman, demonstrates its ability to deploy world class capabilities and deliver high quality training opportunities.
This bilateral, multi-domain exercise, while not unique, provides further evidence of the United Kingdom’s integrated approach to defence and foreign policy and the UK’s enduring commitment to working with Oman and Gulf partners on promoting regional security and stability.”
The Detachment Commander and Officer Commanding II (AC) Squadron was quoted as saying:
“During the two-week exercise we will be conducting challenging flying missions together with our Omani colleagues, continuing to build on our close longstanding relationship with Oman. We are working together very much as equal partners in the relationship. Integrating every element of our operations from planning to briefing, flying and debriefing.
There are many opportunities to learn and develop from our collective experience. We have received a warm welcome from our Omani hosts and look forward to our opportunities to socialise together after work as well.”