Saudi Royal Naval Forces launch first MH-60R helicopter in US

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Commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) Gen. Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Ghufaili launched the first MH-60R navel multirole helicopter aircraft in New York. (SPA)
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Commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) Gen. Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Ghufaili launched the first MH-60R navel multirole helicopter aircraft in New York. (SPA)
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Commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) Gen. Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Ghufaili launched the first MH-60R navel multirole helicopter aircraft in New York. (SPA)
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Commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) Gen. Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Ghufaili launched the first MH-60R navel multirole helicopter aircraft in New York. (SPA)
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Commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) Gen. Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Ghufaili launched the first MH-60R navel multirole helicopter aircraft in New York. (SPA)
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Commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) Gen. Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Ghufaili launched the first MH-60R navel multirole helicopter aircraft in New York. (SPA)
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Commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) Gen. Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Ghufaili launched the first MH-60R navel multirole helicopter aircraft in New York. (SPA)
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Commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) Gen. Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Ghufaili launched the first MH-60R navel multirole helicopter aircraft in New York. (SPA)
Updated 14 September 2018
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Saudi Royal Naval Forces launch first MH-60R helicopter in US

JEDDAH: Commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) Gen. Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Ghufaili on Thursday in New York launched the first MH-60R navel multirole helicopter aircraft, which operates on board the fleet’s ships and at naval bases.
During his inauguration ceremony speech, Al-Ghufaili explained that the addition of Seahawk (MH-60R) multi-tasking helicopters to the RSNF was in line with the strategic objectives of the Ministry of Defense’s vision supported by King Salman, supreme commander of the military forces, and in accordance with the directives of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Al-Ghufaili said that the aircraft had the latest military technology and was characterized by high combat capabilities of surface and sub-surface wars, enhancing the capability of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces to meet challenges and threats in the region and to contribute in partnership with naval forces of other countries to enhance maritime security.
Daniel Schultz, president of Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, highly commended the partnership between the Saudi Royal Navy Forces and Lockheed Martin. He described the helicopter aircraft as one of the most reliable in the industry.
Rear Admiral Francis D. Morley, director of the US Navy’s International Cooperation Program, said that the project was an opportunity to develop the strategic relationship between Saudi Arabia and the US, particularly in light of the historical ties between the Saudi Navy and US Navy.
Saudi Arabia had requested a purchase of 10 Sikorsky-Lockheed Martin MH-60R multi-mission helicopters in 2015, for an estimated cost of $1.9 billion under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.


We have a story to share with the Saudi people, says new US official in Riyadh

Cultural and educational exchange programs between Saudi Arabia and the United States help build stronger ties. (AN photo)
Updated 19 September 2018
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We have a story to share with the Saudi people, says new US official in Riyadh

  • We have a story to tell and a story to share in Saudi Arabia with the Saudi people. We are pleased that so many Saudis want to study in the United States: US Public Affairs Counselor in KSA

RIYADH: Cultural and educational exchange programs between Saudi Arabia and the United States “help build stronger ties between the two countries and bring them closer together,” according to Brian Shott, the new US Public Affairs Counselor in Saudi Arabia.

Speaking at a reception to welcome him at the US embassy in Riyadh on September 18, he said: “One of the main things we do is we try to share aspects of the United States and of American culture, but we also learn from Saudis and Saudi culture.” 

In her opening speech, the embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Martina Strong also highlighted the enduring relationship between the two countries, saying: “Tonight is a celebration, a celebration of a friendship that has extended over many, many decades.”

Shott, who previously served in Morocco, Cairo and Baghdad, will be in Saudi Arabia for the next two years, during which he will promote educational and cultural exchanges.

“There are some real opportunities here and we have been fortunate enough to be able take advantage of partnerships with Saudi organizations and Saudi agencies, whether it is the General Authority for Culture or the Ministry of Education,” he said.

“We have a story to tell and a story to share in Saudi Arabia with the Saudi people. We are pleased that so many Saudis want to study in the United States.”

Meanwhile, the reception also served as a farewell to Robin Yeager, the cultural attache in Riyadh. She said that it had been a “very dynamic time to be in Saudi Arabia. It has been a pleasure and an honor to be here at a time when I get to know first-hand the future that Saudis are trying to build.”

The night that women were were given the right to drive, she said she went out and saw the “thrill on their faces.” To assist with empowerment and other progressive policies, embassy staff work on social issues and provide leadership training for women’s groups, she said.

“It is beautiful because they take something that an American expert talks to them about and they turn it into the Saudi way to approach it,” she added. “It’s not that we are changing things; it’s that we are giving them tools, so they can build what they want to build.”