UK military assistance to Oman: policy and reviews

FCO 8/2020 1973 Jan 01 - 1973 Dec 31

This file relates to policy and reviews of UK military assistance to Oman, July 1973 to January 1974. It contains correspondence concerning:

  • A review of the situation by Major-General T M Creasey, Commander of the Sultan's Armed Forces (SAF) and Creasey's proposals to the Sultan of Oman Qaboos Bin Saeed Al Said for the better conduct of the war [in Dhofar], including an increase in force levels, cross-border operations, improvement of the quality of life for the Jabalis, and other recommendations
  • A meeting between Defence Secretary Lord Carrington [Peter Alexander Rupert Carington] and Sultan Qaboos in Muscat, including discussions of the air defence scheme, and assistance from the UK and Libya
  • A minute from the Defence Secretary to Prime Minister Edward Heath
  • The 'Review of Operational Progress in Oman and Further Progress Report on the Provision of Additional Assistance to Oman' by Chiefs of Staff Committee, Ministry of Defence
  • A request from the Sultanate of Oman to Charles Kendall and Partners Limited for Carl Gustaf anti-tank guns, sub-calibre adaptors, and High Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT) ammunition
  • A meeting between the Director General of the Oman Ministry of Defence Brigadier R F Semple, Defence Secretary Lord Carrington, and numerous officials from the Ministry of Defence
  • A paper on future UK defence activities in Oman, including sections on political, economic, and defence interests, progress of civil development, foreign aid, and the financial situation
  • The invitation of HM Ambassador to Muscat D F Hawley and Major General Creasey to attend the Chiefs of Staff meeting on Oman at the Ministry of Defence, November 1973
  • A meeting between Hawley and Deputy Defence Minister Faher Bin Taimur Al Saeed, including discussions of Oman-UK relations, British assistance, and Oman-Abu Dhabi relations
  • A request by the Chiefs of Staff Committee for a revised directive to the Muscat Defence Attaché
  • An urgent request for equipment to Kendall for the Sultan of Oman's Air Force (SOAF)
  • A telegram from Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home to Sultan Qaboos about the latter's earlier request for RAF operations in support of specific ground operations in Oman