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.


Abdul-Mahdi: Relations between Iraq and GCC ‘must progress’

Updated 18 April 2019
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Abdul-Mahdi: Relations between Iraq and GCC ‘must progress’

  • Abdul-Mahdi and Al-Zayani discussed the development of relations between Iraq and GCC countries and issues of mutual interest
  • Abdul-Mahdi also attended the Saudi-Iraqi Business Forum, which included representatives from large Saudi companies

RIYADH: Relations between Iraq and the Gulf Cooperation Council are important and “must progress, ” Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said on Thursday.
On the second day of his visit to Saudi Arabia, Abdul-Mahdi met with the secretary general of the GCC, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani in Riyadh.
Abdul-Mahdi and Al-Zayani discussed the development of relations between Iraq and GCC countries and issues of mutual interest.
“Cooperation and economic relations must progress for the better,” Abdul-Mahdi said.

Saudi Arabia and Iraq have agreed to cooperate in security and intelligence matters, Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali Al-Hakim told Al Arabiya television. 
Meanwhile, Abdul-Mahdi also attended the Saudi-Iraqi Business Forum, which included representatives from large Saudi companies.
He also inaugurated an exhibition on Wednesday called “Cities Destroyed by Terrorism” that is showing at the National Museum in Riyadh. The exhibition was organised by the Minister of Culture and the Arab World Institute in Paris.
The Iraqi prime minister arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday for a two-day visit to the Kingdom. He held talks with King Salman on relations between the two countries, and later met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.


His visit to the Kingdom “symbolizes the Iraqi government's vision in aiming to bolster ties with the Kingdom in all fields,” the Iraqi prime minister said on Facebook.
The two countries signed 13 agreements and memorandums of understanding between their various ministries. The deals covered many areas including energy, education, culture and political consultation.