Overseas Bases Fuels Resilience
Captain Tim Ferns RN
Chief of Staff, Overseas Bases Directorate
The presentation from Overseas Bases Directorate will focus on thedevelopment of Global Hubs that enhance our global reach and support our persistent engagement. After years of under investmentin the Overseas Bases it seems we have a once in a generationopportunity to rethink fuel provision in the overseas bases,starting with Gibraltar and the Kings Lines Oil Fuel Depot. Cyprus, too,is in theframe for investment in the jetty and the Directorate is looking closelyat how we might exploit the opportunity that Duqm presents foroperations in the Middle East. Further afield, we wil improve ourresilience when we transfer the management of Sembawang inSingapore to the OPA and this may present the model for the future.The Falklands didn’t feature in the IR but we need to continue toadvocate for investment here too, particularly if Russian and Chinese influence continues to grow in the South Atlantic. And we are lookingfor opportunities to test and develop sustainable energy initiatives aswe offer some excellent testing environments.