Qatar inaugurated its biggest naval base and new additions to its fleet during a ceremony on Sunday July 14. The ceremony was held in the presence of Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani and commander of US Naval Forces in the Middle East Vice Admiral Jim Malloy. The new base will serve as the head office of the Qatari Coast Guard.
The new Al-Daayen naval base is located in Semaisima, 30 kilometers (18 miles) from Doha on Qatar’s eastern coast. The base will contribute to securing Qatar’s territorial waters and, and includes all the advanced requirements to protect Qatar’s maritime borders and coast.
The naval base offers a seaport with a depth of six meters, training and medical facilities, operating rooms, and other accommodations. In addition, the Qatar Coast Guard introduced new additions to its fleet, including patrol boats and vessels.
At the inauguration event, Commander of the US Naval Forces Central Command and US 5th Fleet Vice Admiral James Malloy highlighted the long-term military and security relations between the United States and Qatar, and expressed that he is looking forward to future cooperation towards security in the region.
Vice Admiral Malloy stated that the new addition to the Qatari Coast Guard “gives the US more opportunities to collaborate and communicate and to work closely with the Qatari side.”
The United States and Qatar are strong strategic and military partners. Qatar is home to the Al-Udeid Air Base, the largest American air base in the Middle East with over 10,000 American troops stationed there. In addition, Qatar houses the U.S. Central Command Forward Headquarters. As Vice Admiral Malloy pointed out, the new coastal base will provide more opportunities for the two countries to cooperate military operations.
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