UK military assistance to Oman: policy and reviews

FCO 8/2019 1973 Jan 01 - 1973 Dec 31

This file relates to policy and reviews of military assistance from the UK to Oman, January-July 1973. It contains correspondence concerning:

  • A proposal for the provision of military capital aid towards the purchase of arms for Kenya
  • The burden on the defence budget of Oman on account of the current campaign in Dhofar, and the reduction of that burden through contributions to the cost of seconded personnel
  • A request from the Chiefs of Staff for a report on the progress of operations in Oman, based on a report by the Commander of the Sultan's Armed Forces to the Ministry of Defence
  • The agreement of the Government of Oman to cover the cost of the consumable stores, civil labour, fuel and transport for the Anglo-Omani military forces operating in Dhofar
  • A request for a loan officer to fill the post of General Staff Officer in the Sultan's Armed Forces
  • The financial assistance from Oman to Syria and the personal role of Syrian Foreign Minister Abdul Halim Khaddam in securing Oman's entry into the Arab League and the UN
  • A paper by the Air Force Department on assistance to the Sultan of Muscat and Oman
  • The alleged replacement of 300 British officers and mercenaries in Oman by training teams from Jordan, Pakistan, and Iran as reported in an article from the Daily Telegraph, dated 15 April 1973
  • The availability of places on staff intelligence and security, artificer weapons, and Army School of Languages Beaconsfield English courses for potential candidates from Oman
  • A request for the extension of the Operation Tenable, and extensions for the veterinary officer and loaned officers for the Sultan of Oman's Air Force (SOAF) and the Sultan of Oman's Navy (SON)
  • A request for additional military assistance by the Deputy Defence Minister of Oman Faher Bin Taimur Al Saeed to Ambassador D F Hawley on behalf of Sultan Qaboos Bin Saeed Al Said