Omani Troops Participate in Joint Exercise
Exercise Sea Soldier 17, hosted by the Royal Army of Oman and led by the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in February 2017, offered a chance for U.S. Marines and Omani Soldiers to build warfighting capacity and regional cooperation. The annual two-week bilateral exercise is a win-win, said Col. Clay C. Tipton, commanding officer, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
“They have a chance to interact and learn from warriors of a different culture, and these exercises are conducted with key partners in the region to strengthen our collective ability to work together should we have to face emerging crises in the future,” Tipton said.
The training includes military operations on urban terrain, building clearance, checkpoint operations, command and control procedures, counter-IED, live-fire, squad-to-company tactics, mortar targeting, and a culminating final exercise that includes a combined Omani-U.S. raid.
This is “an opportunity for our Sailors to exercise their technical and tactical expertise,” said U.S. Navy Capt. Darren Glaser. “Coming together as a larger, blue-green team in support of an exercise or a real-world operation is exactly what we train to do.”
Source: U.S. Marine Corps