U.S. Navy Vessels Come to Qatar for DIMDEX 2018

Media Note                                                                                           March 12, 2018

For Immediate Release

U.S. Navy Vessels Come to Qatar for DIMDEX 2018

The U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) and accompanying Mark VI patrol boats have arrived in Qatar, ahead of the Doha International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX), March 12-14 at the Qatar National Convention Center.  DIMDEX provides a forum for both the U.S. and Qatar to discuss how the two countries are leveraging the latest in military technology to accomplish shared security objectives in the region.

Chargé d’Affaires Ryan Gliha delivered remarks at the opening of the U.S. Pavilion, where U.S. exhibitors will feature the latest in American innovations in defense and security platforms.  Mr. Gliha described the enduring and deepening U.S.-Qatar relationship, most notably in the area of military cooperation:  “Qatar and the United States enjoy a close partnership and shared responsibility in bolstering security in the region and beyond.  Qatar is one of the United States’ top customers for U.S. defense procurements, with over $24 billion in U.S. Foreign Military Sales purchases over the last four years, including the June 2017 sale of 36 F-15 fighters for $12.4 billion.  My team at the embassy looks forward to supporting our two countries’ deepening relationship in the areas of defense, commerce, and investment.”  U.S. participation in DIMDEX comes just weeks after the U.S. hosted the first U.S.-Qatar Strategic Dialogue in Washington, D.C., where the two governments issued a Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation, affirming the two countries’ joint commitment to promoting peace and stability and countering the scourge of terrorism.

Vice Admiral John Aquilino, Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) and the Combined Maritime Forces spoke at the Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC) on March 13, one of the key events during DIMDEX 2018.  MENC serves as a forum for prominent leaders to share their expertise and knowledge on the geopolitical trends that affect the maritime sector on a strategic, operational and security level.

Guided-missile destroyers are warships that provide multi-mission offensive and defensive capabilities.  Destroyers can operate independently or as part of carrier strike groups, surface action groups, expeditionary strike groups, and missile defense action groups.  The primary mission of Mark VI Patrol Boats is to provide force protection of friendly and coalition forces and critical infrastructure.