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Ras al Khaimah Ruler visits British Navy ship HMS Cumberland

posted on 12/12/2010: 1786 views

H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, yesterday visited the British Royal Navy warship, HMS Cumberland, which is on a formal visit to Ras al Khaimah at the Saqr Port near here.

H.H. Sheikh Saud was accompanied on the visit by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah.

The formal visits paid by British naval ships to Ras Al Khaimah for the past several years underscore the historical link between the Emirate and the Royal Navy.

Sheikh Saud was received onboard the ship by Captain Steve Dainton, Commanding Officer of HMS Cumberland, Dominic Jermey, British Ambassador to the UAE, Guy Warrington, Consul General at British Embassy in Dubai, and other top naval officers who had earlier called on Sheikh Saud at the Al Dhait Palace.

Sheikh Saud was accorded a warm welcome on his arrival onboard the ship. He went around the ship and was briefed about the functions and activities of the frigate during its operations.

Captain Steve Dainton said that the he was honoured to be in Ras Al Khaimah and to meet H.H. Sheikh Saud onboard the ship. "The entire personnel onboard HMS Cumberland is delighted to be here in Ras Al Khaimah and to have this opportunity to further the close relations between the UAE and the United Kingdom," he added.

The British Embassy in Abu Dhabi said that the ship visit is a celebration of the UK's special relationship with the Emirate, the Ruling family and the people of Ras Al Khaimah. It added that the visit of HMS Cumberland also reflects the important defence cooperation between the UK and UAE.

The frigate was received this morning at the Saqr Port by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Chairman of RAK Customs and Ports Department. A ceremonial 21 gun salute was performed by the visiting ship as it approached the port.

The ship will be berthed at the Saqr Port for five days during which the crew would visit various places in Ras Al Khaimah and undertake a series of activities involving the members of the Royal Navy and communities in Ras Al Khaimah, including a football match and a ship visit by 50 children from local schools.

HMS Cumberland has been deployed in the Arabian Gulf since October 2010 and is engaged in maritime security patrols, using her helicopter and boarding teams to detect and deter maritime crime, and promoting a safe maritime environment in the region.

Among the dignitaries present during the visit were Sheikh Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of RAK Civil Aviation, Sheikh Abdullah bin Humaid bin Abdullah Al Qasimi, Director of RAK Ruler's Court, Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Mohammed Al Mehrizi, Director General of RAK Customs and Ports Department, and other officials. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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