11 Naval Ships Arrive in Doha for Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference
US navy is participating with three warships, Destroyer USS SAMPSON (DDG-102), an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy, and two Navy special mission patrol vessel MK VI which are class of patrol boats in service. Fast attack missile craft PNS HIMMAT and Maritime Patrol Vessel PMSS BASOL from Pakistan are also participating.
Doha International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX2018) welcomed the flotilla of ships from participating navies, including from Bangladesh, India, Italy, Oman and UK.
As a leading event in the global maritime defense and security industry calendar and a prominent large-scale event for Qatar, DIMDEX introduces businesses to key procurement decision makers where they can explore the latest state-of-the-art technologies; and the Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC) discussing pressing industry trends with academic and military speakers; the VIP Delegations for exhibitors to access key stakeholders; and the visiting Warships.
The ships docked at Hamad Port, one of the Middle East’s largest ports, enabling a selection of the world’s largest seafaring ships to harbor at its state-of-the-art facilities. DIMDEX has now received more than 80 warships since its first edition in 2008.
The visiting warships–total eleven also include, the Qatari Fast attack craft HUWAR (Q05), Destroyer INS KOLKATA, the lead ship of the Kolkata-class stealth guided-missile destroyers of the Indian Navy, Frigate BNS BANGABANDHU which is a guided missile frigate of the Bangladesh Navy, and is one of the most modern currently in service, and Frigate CARLO MARGOTTINI from Italy.
Also displaying two of its warships, The Royal Navy of the UK will display Bay-class landing ship dock RFA CARDIGAN BAY of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, and two Hunt – mine countermeasures vessel HMS MIDDLETON, which is a Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessel. Among the warships also is the Fast attack craft (patrol vessel) KASSAB from Oman.
The arrival of the warships is one of the key elements of the leading three-day maritime defense event, as navies from around the world get to display their latest vessels and showcase their capabilities in protecting trading routes, borders and shorelines. This year, DIMDEX and Hamad Port welcomed international vessels and provided exhibitors and visitors with the opportunity to explore modern naval warships, and meet with the respective leaders and crew.
Marking its 10th anniversary this year, the official opening ceremony for DIMDEX 2018 will take place Monday at Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) under the patronage of the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
The event is hosted and organized by Qatar Armed Forces over the next three days (12-14 March).
Staff Brigadier (Sea) Abdulbaqi S Al Ansari, Chairman of DIMDEX said: “The arrival of the Visiting Warships is an essential element of DIMDEX and a clear indication of the tight relations of Qatar and the countries sending these warships from across the world.
This year’s arrival is particularly poignant with ships docking at Hamad Port for the first time – the port is one of the major new infrastructure projects in Qatar.
Away from Hamad Port, a pre-show press conference was held at the Qatar National Convention Center, where the exhibition component of DIMDEX 2018 will be staged. A panel from the Organizing Committee briefed international, local and trade media on the different components of the show, including the Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC) taking place tomorrow.
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