Royal Navy of Oman
|Royal Navy of Oman|
Naval Ensign of Oman
|Garrison/HQ||Muratafat Al Matar Muscat|
|Colors||Blue and Yellow|
|Naval Ensign of Oman|
The Royal Navy of Oman (Arabic: البحرية السلطانية العمانية), abbreviated RNO, is the maritime component of the Royal Armed Forces of the Sultanate of Oman. Given its long coastline and strategic location along the Indian Ocean, as well as being close to the Strait of Hormuz, the Royal Navy is one of the priorities of the government of Oman. It has a fleet of gunboats, fast missile boats and support, training, cargo and hydro-graphical survey vessels, which can be deployed to defend the territorial waters and coastline of Oman as well as protect tankers passing through the Strait of Hormuz. The Royal Navy's headquarters are in As Sib, several miles west of Muscat, the capital. A modernization program is ongoing, with the objective of creating a first rate fleet.
In 1992, the Royal Oman Navy had a strength of 3,000 personnel. The main naval base, near As Sib, was the Said ibn Sultan Naval Base, located in Wudham Alwa (near As Sib). One of the largest engineering projects in Oman, it serves as a homeport for the fleet and includes training facilities as well as repair bays. The Sultan Qaboos Naval academy, located at the base, provided instruction for officers and enlisted personnel, as well as specific branch training. Originally, most of the officers were British, with non-commissioned officers being mostly Pakistani. However, by 1980, most of the officers were Omani, though British and Pakistani technicians remained.
The Royal Oman Navy does not have a marine corps or any naval infantry formations, though has multiple amphibious ships. A modernization program is ongoing in order to protect the coastline as well as the strategically important Strait of Hormuz. The British Royal Navy, in 2011, helped train corvette crews in the Flag Officer Sea Training.
|Q40||Al Shamikh||Khareef class||BAE Systems||Corvette||2,660 tons||22 July 2009||October 2013||8 MM-40 anti-ship missiles, 12 VL Mica anti-aircraft missiles|
|Q41||Al Rahmani||23 July 2010||March 2014|
|Q42||Al Rasikh||27 June 2011||May 2014|
|Q31||Qahir Al Amwaj||Qahir class||Vosper Thornycroft||Corvette||1,185 tons||21 September 1994||3 September 1996||8 MM-40 anti-ship missiles, 1 × 8 Crotale anti-aircraft missiles|
|Q32||Al Mua'zzar||26 September 1995||26 November 1996|
|Z20||Al-Seeb||Al-Ofouq class||ST Marine||Patrol vessel||1,100 tons||29 January 2014||31 March 2015||1 × 76 mm Oto Melara cannon, 2 × 30 mm Oto Melara Marlin-WS|
|Z21||Al-Shinas||14 June 2014|
|Z22||Sadh||17 September 2014|
|Z23||Khassab||2 August 2016|
|B10||Dhofar||Province class||Vosper Thornycroft||Fast attack craft||390 tons||1982||6–8 MM-40 anti-ship missiles|
|Z1||Al Bushra||Al Bushra class||France||Patrol vessel||450 tons||1995|
|Q30||Al Mubrukah||Brooke Marine||Patrol ship||785 tons||7 April 1970||1971||Former royal yacht converted to training ship; serving as a patrol ship since 1997|
|L3||Fulk al Salamah||Bremer Vulkan||Amphibious transport||10,864 tons||1987||270 troops. Multi-role amphibious transport and general logistics ship. Now assigned to Royal Yacht Squadron.|
|L2||Nasr al Bahr||Brooke Marine||2,500 tons full load||1982||1984||1985||LST with helicopter deck. Capacity for 7 tanks; 240 troops.|
|S11||Al Mubshir||Al Mubshir class||Austal||High speed support vessel||20 October 2015||20 May 2016|
|S12||Al Naasir||April 2016||8 September 2016|
- 50 VT-1 Crotale NG SAMs
- 162 Exocet MM-40 (122 Block-1+ 40 Block-2)
- Exocet MM-38
- Harpoon Block-II
- MASS Ship protection system
- 3 x SMART-S MK-II Ship sensors
- 2 x MW-8 Air search radar
- 5 x Sting fire control radar
- 2 x DRBV-51C fire control radar
- 3 x RA-20S air search radar
- 4 x 9LV radar
- 3 x CEROS-200 radar
New Research Vessel
The Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) has contracted with the US Pentagon through a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program to provide a new research vessel based on the RV F.G. Walton Smith, a University of Miami vessel. DeJong & Lebet, Naval Architects, provided the US Navy with Contract Drawings and Engineering.
Thoma-Sea Shipbuilders of Lockport, Louisiana reportedly won a $7.3m contract to build a Catamaran Hull Hydrographic Survey Vessel for the government of Oman, according to a report. This vessel will be built by Thoma-Sea. Thoma-Sea’s partner in this proposal is Technology Associates Inc. (TAI) of New Orleans in Louisiana. TAI prepared the proposal for Thoma-Sea and will be in charge of performing the Design, Program Management and Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) functions for Thoma-Sea. The Sultanate of Oman will receive this 90-foot vessel, which is designed to conduct hydrographic and environmental surveys of harbors and bays, and will work in Oman’s territorial waters, according to the release.
Oman has also issued RFI for a new ‘hydrographic survey vessel’. US Naval Sea Systems Command is promoting ship design based on the Walton Smith Catamaran design.
In Oman, South Korean defence minister Song Young-moo met with his counterpart Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Harib Al Busaidi. They spoke highly about the South Korean destroyers, Oman signed a deal in 2018 for unknown number of ships and other arms including tanks.
- Four Brooke Marine patrol craft