The MoD have outlined basing plans for the British Naval base in Bahrain.

The base, HMS Juffair, at Mina Salman Port will play a central role in the Royal Navy’s ability to operate in the region, and reaffirms the UK’s determination to work with Bahrain to maintain security and stability in the Gulf. The facility will give the UK an enhanced and permanent presence in the region, allowing longer-term deployments in the Gulf.

The arrangement will improve onshore facilities at Mina Salman Port in Bahrain, the UK is planning to bolster the existing facilities at the Port in order to provide the Royal Navy with a forward operating base and a place to plan, store equipment for naval operations and accommodate Royal Navy personnel.

The following information comes from this Freedom of Information request response.

“How many ships will be based at Mina Salman following the construction of the new facility, what type of ships will they be and what type of operations will they be expected to conduct?”

The answer was:

“Today there are around half a dozen Royal Navy ships and units deployed in the region and well over 1,200 men and women.

This includes the Mine Counter Measures Force that have been located at the Bahrain facilities since 2003. This force of four Mine Counter Measures vessels, supported by one Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship will continue to be permanently located and supported from the new UK Mina Salman Support Facility (UK MSSF).

The UK MSSF will support all Royal Navy ships that deploy to the region that pass through Bahrain, but it is too early to say what the future scale of the Royal Navy’s deployment to the region will be and whether any further Royal Navy vessels will be permanently located at UK MSSF.”

Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony, then Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:

“The beginning of construction work at Mina Salman Port marks a watershed moment in the UK’s commitment to the region. The presence of the Royal Navy in Bahrain is guaranteed into the future, ensuring Britain’s sustained presence east of Suez. The new facility will enable Britain to work with our allies to reinforce stability in the Gulf and beyond.”

Commander Joint Forces Command, General Sir Richard Barrons KCB CBE ADC, said:

“This is a reflection of the continued cooperation and engagement between the Bahrain Defence Forces and the UK Armed Forces. We welcome the continued support from Bahrain which enables the Royal Navy to operate in the Gulf region.”

The base is expected to be able to host the Queen Elizabeth class and Type 45 destroyers as well as frigates and mine-hunters.

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Steve Price

So not much different to now then. When the sweepers are there for 3 years.

Jack O'Leary

Complete non story this, been mine hunters and Cardigan bay in the gulf for years ! Don’t know why there is such a big deal being made of this “base” in Bahrain. NSA Bahrain is huge and the money the Americans are spending to improve it absolutely dwarfs the so called British base (which will be in the footprint of the port). I mean think about it how much does 15million actually build ?

UK Defence Journal

Hardly a non-story, people were and are interested to see what’ll utilise the new facilities.


HMS Juffair will be significantly larger than initially reported.

john littlechikd

Pretty sure its HMS Jufair but not certain, it was many years ago I was last there.


But correct, a non story given we have been in the region for 10-15 years

UK Defence Journal

Hardly a non-story, people were and are interested to see what’ll utilise the new facilities.

James G

Not new news however!

UK Defence Journal

New news… ok…

Daniel Hoare

Stephen Hicks time to work on your hornpipe & your tan.

Arran Stratton

Guess where one of the new Rivers will be based then or one of these light frigates promised

James Kenneth Kenyon

The only difference will be some shit accommodation and the introduction of an over priced Naffi for us well looked after matelots haha.

Robert Red Bob Brown

Do we have five ships?

Hugh Cameron

I learned to water -ski there in 1967 whilst based at RAF Hamala.

Toby Parr

It’s great that the UK will soon have a permanent in Bahrain. This will enable quicker and less costly deployments, compared to deploying naval assets from mainland Britain. Also with a new “Bahrain Squadron” it means that UK based vessels will be freed up for other deployments.


Didn’t know we had as many as five.

Mark Budwieser

Pamela O Fiannaidhe

Steve Curtis

Possible scenario? Am fairly sure this has been alluded to in the depths of some publication (but which one escapes me at present!). MCM’s complement around 45 personnel, Batch 1 River Class OPV around 30 (plus overflow for RM Boarding Parties). Batch 1 deploy to the Gulf, all four MCM (plus the Bay class vessel), return to the UK to work back up to their intended roles. Batch 1 are crewed as per Echo Class ie, two-thirds on board, third on leave/training. Therefore manning would be around 45 per ship, each of which would be available for 330 days (roughly).… Read more »

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Sqn Ldr T Foley LLB RAF (ret'd)

I was stationed at RAF Muharraq 1968 – 70 and lived in Londonderry House, Lane 7, Manama. Remember HMS Jufair and colocated US Navy support element of the 6th Fleet

Neil Griffiths

Why? do we have so many that we can spare them from patrolling uk waters ?

Ray Lovie

Drafty will be inundated

Ray Lovie

Hms Juffair what made them come to that name ?

Brianita Soar

It was I believe the original name of the Base there back in colonial times..

Ray Lovie

Do you not think locals will be happy with that ?
Hms sunny run ashore sounds better …?

David B Jones

It was still called that in 1970.

Ivan R Muckle

We dont need them based in Bahrain,we need them based in DOVER !!!

UK Defence Journal

We need minesweepers in Dover, really? Do you think the French will mine the Channel?

Will Reynolds

Didn’t realise Dover could support military vessels…

Szymon Malanowski

You never know with the French. ?

Harry Bulpit

UK Defence Journal its my understanding that the minesweepers had a second role as patrol vessel. So yeah they would be useful.

Stephen Wright

Did not realise we had that many ships in the first place.

Go to the RN website…very useful in educating you on what ships we have in our Navy

Stephen Wright

David Anthony Simpson Aircraft Carriers 2 Two not completed no crew, Assault Ships 3 Laid up no crew, Destroyers 6 Laid up do not like water apparently Frigates 13 To old and clapped out some laid up, some don’t work BAE systems again. Minesweepers 15 Out looking for mines well four are remainder, no crew, laid up clapped out for the remainder. Patrol 6 one in dry dock one in Gib, one in Falklands, one heading for the scrap yard, one looking for ice burgs one in the med looking for immigrants. Survey 4 one survey. three dry dock, one… Read more »


well done stephen you have just demonstrated how little you no about the royal navy, its size, or its current deployments. you should work for the daily fail as there defence correspondent. current deployments are on their website for god sake including most of your ships that are clapped out or have no crew. google is your friend. now i no your reply will be along the lines of you are a serving member or that your mates bogs uncle is. i however do not believe you with your comment so dont bother.

Stephen Wright

Still can’t find five for sunny climes though the RM has a number of MK 10 sitting about could sent them.

Jason Ruddick

We need to protect our SLOCs and basing these in Bahrain to keep the straits of Hormuz is a correct decision.Iran is still a rogue state and can close the straits by mining.Over 70% of our oil resources come from the middle east so they need to be protected.Is the English channel suddenly going to be in danger of being mined,NO

Kevan Gibson

Well done to the armchair Admirals, good to see your at it again, yes… the best use of Multi-million pound MINESWEEPER is to patrol the English Channel, pure sense that cos we don’t need any naval vessels near one of the most strategic choke points the world!

Sarah Bearcroft

Ha ha your social media outbursts will have to stop when your a Grunter!! ??

Graham Mann

Ha ha ha armchair admirals love it

Chris Murray

Keep your opinions to yourself Gibbo. Should of learnt that from your report you had from the deployment. ????

Szymon Malanowski

Hey these French must be watched ???

Guy Wilkerson

Not sure how they calculate 5. 4 minehunters to help keep the straits open and ensure oil supply but you won’t need a RFA now with the shore facilities. I can understand the logic of a frigate as force protection but the announcement doesn’t actually say one will be there.


So when the minesweeper crews cant be bothered to go out on patrol or are u/s which is normal! Who else is going to do them apart from the RFA, which has been the norm for a good number of years including the anti piracy and counter narcotics patrols. Who needs the navy when you have ships and crews of the RFA who know how to do the job properly and successfully.

David Wright

Great flags!!

Pam Todkill

Lived in Bahrain for two plus years when Dad was stationed there. Great Navy presence then, nice to see it returning.

Marai Khalifa

Sorry, Why “Permanent Stay” !!!!

Chris Albutt

Because it’s cheaper and easier to leave the boat in theatre and change crew than to keep returning the n boat to the uk and send a new one out there

Marai Khalifa

Thank You Sir ,,,

David Murphy

Didnt know we had that many lol

Rod Grant

CVF alongside? I doubt it!

Micky Donnelly

It’s a joke get them two Dover sort the mussies out.

Sandra Price

Good decision

Mark Edwards

Old news really. There’s been an MCM presence in Bahrain for years now – with HMS Juffair being resurrected it’s being made official. I’m not long back from yet another tour on small ships.

Adam Nicholas

Kieron McGlinchey the rent we pay Bahrain will contribute to keeping those pesky democracy protestors at bay.

Kieron McGlinchey

The repressed are always so bloody ungrateful.

Chris Albutt

Got to love the arm chair warriors. Who fail to understand we could the greatest navy on earth but with out fuel can’t sail and fail to understand where the fuel comes from. Try clearing the straights of Dover when you have no fuel. An enemy would try and prevent you from fighting back and stop the fuel would do this.

John Rowley

The whole navy!?!?

UK Defence Journal

Of all the combinations of all the words, you thought that would be the funniest? Poor show.

John Rowley


Owen Masters

They should be patrolling our coasts to stop illegal immigration.


you guys lost the empire, and now your country is tearing itself to pieces from the inside, soon you wont even be Master of yourself Owen.

Christopher Kent

Can someone delete the idiots so we can have adult comments about adult subject’s

Euan Henderson

Nuts. I believe the last time the Russians parked a cruiser in the Cromarty firth it took a day or so for the RN to get a vessel up from the south ( this was only a year ago approx). And what about the Falklands!!! Respect to the men and women of the RN but wtf are the politicians playing at!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

UK Defence Journal

Submarines and aircraft were on scene before the vessel arrived, a surface ship isn’t really much use. The sending of surface vessels is usually a good will effort.

As for the Falklands, what about them? What’s the issue?

Paul Holmes

They should send a permanent vessel to Gibraltar.

Euan Henderson

My point is that surface vessels around our island, like in the past, act as a deteran. That ship would not have ventured in as close. Yes subs were probably in attendance. Yes aircraft from Lossiemouth would have been making themselves visible but the Russians were still there. A surface vessel in the area may have been enough to keep the Russian vessel further out. They may only have been out to annoy us but it was embarrassing for us. As for the Falklands. The Argentinians will always be interested in claiming them. Regardless of improvements in logistics, C17s for… Read more »

Billy May

Very good news! This will help with faster response time to help alleviate a crisis from becoming a larger escalation.

Derek Haycock

Is this on top of the Sweepers already based in the Gulf?

Richard Harcourt

All these replies have so far been posted by what appear to be young people or ones with no knowledge of history of the region and of HMS Jufair
Unfortunately there are no photo posting facilities on these pages. I’m not sure of the full history of HM Jufair; but it may well go back to WWII or earlier, it is certainly older than many writers here think. I was stationed at RAF Muharraq in 1968/69 and Jufair was an active Base then with RN minesweepers station there and numerous RN, NATO and other Treaty ships visiting regularly.

Mike Hood

You can’t get HMS Queen Elizabeth alongside in Mina Salman she will be too big. The Yank carriers go alongside in the relatively new Khalifa Bin Salman commercial port – a good distance from down town Manama and Jufair

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Paul H

A modest presence now with the ability to ramp it up should it all go stinky. Good show.

martin brown

It will be interesting to see were they will get the manpower from as we have ships tied alongside in UK where they cant man them, but i forget this is just at Junior Rate and Senior Rate level Royal Navy will have plenty of Officers and MOD Civil Servants to send to a nice new foreign establishment