HMS Westminster hunts subs in the Gulf

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PORTSMOUTH-based frigate HMS Westminster and a Trafalgar-class submarine led the UK’s involvement in Exercise Arabian Shark, a test of coalition navies to deal with submarines in the Arabian Sea.

The British duo joined warships from the USA, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan for the major international exercise in the Gulf of Oman.

Exercise Arabian Shark 12 is the latest in a series of anti-submarine war games held in the Middle East since 2000. The training is aimed at strengthening military relationships and improving the war-fighting techniques of all the navies involved.