By Elizabeth Broomhall
Warship Al Shamikh was undergoing sea trials off coast of Britain
An explosion on-board an Omani warship undergoing sea trials off the coast of England injured three British sailors, it was reported.
long Al Shamikh vessel was undergoing a pre-delivery testing operation off the
coast of Dorset in the UK when the blast occurred, according to local newspaper
the Dorchester People.
which was due to be handed over to the Sultanate of Oman Navy later this year,
was carrying a crew of Omani sailors and employees of British military contractor BAE Systems.
reports, three of the sailors were injured during the blast and taken to Dorset
County Hospital, and the ship was covered with a tarpaulin following the
circumstances of the explosion remain unclear, but BAE Systems confirmed that
the incident occurred during test firings.
its arrival in Oman, the ship is expected to take part in patrols off the coast
of the country, help defend Omani waters and aid peacekeeping and anti-piracy
This is the
second time the Al Shamikh has had difficulties during its test stage. BAE said it
also experienced engineering issues during sea trials last year.