Sultan of Oman Armed Forces

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SALAMM WALAKUM

After the documentary on CH 4 about the Mirbat Gun, just wondered if there were any people around that have served on Loan Service or Secondment in Oman.

I was there in Shaafa between 97-99.

Trelawney
 
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Funny you mention this, I am currently doing some background checks on an individual who claims to have served with the Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces in the early 70's and claims to have came from the Houshold Div

Is there anyone here who was there at the time or any pointers how I might check out this item? Horseguards seem to be very unhelpful.

I seriously think there is something fishy about him but want to double check his background first before making any decisions.
 
#4
John Arkass Wrote about SOAF in his book " The secret war" it gives enough info for you to out a walt
 
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tropper66 said:
John Arkass Wrote about SOAF in his book " The secret war" it gives enough info for you to out a walt
I was looking for something more offical if anyone has any suggestions
 
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Pinkies B Sqn mid 1980's at (IIRC) Thumrait.




I travelled down to Mirbat to photograph the Fort......and took pic's of the wrong one.....
 
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trelawney said:
SALAMM WALAKUM

After the documentary on CH 4 about the Mirbat Gun, just wondered if there were any people around that have served on Loan Service or Secondment in Oman.

I was there in Shaafa between 97-99.

Trelawney
Was in Salalah 67 not far from Mirbat.
One of them times we were actually prepared for action, (chute up and even priming and loading with live ammo on the aircraft), about to jump because a particular RAF airfield / PX was being, or thought to have been over run by some 50 - 80 dizzies.

But the jump at the last moment was cancelled, and we unpacked our containers got kitted up and landed instead.

Fortunately the dizzies never made the attack.
Makes one wonder hey?
 
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tropper66 said:
John Arkass Wrote about SOAF in his book " The secret war" it gives enough info for you to out a walt
As did General Jeeapes (sp?) As I recall his title was 'How I won the war' the cheeky fecker. :D

Was there periodically between '71 > May '75, various locations Tawi Atair, Jib Jad, White City, Ravens Roost, The Dianas and of course UAG.
 
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Alec_Lomas said:
Was there periodically between '71 > May '75, various locations Tawi Atair, Jib Jad, White City, Ravens Roost, The Dianas and of course UAG.

White City was the "Old Hands" name for Thumrait ?

I was at Muscat, Nizwa, Iski, Thumrait, Salalah and went up to Shizr (sp?) the 110 Rover was being trialled then along with a very rudimentary satnav. At that time (Mid 80's) the sun compass by day & Thodelite or whatever it was called, at night was more accurate than the satnav.

IIRC that over the distance of Thumrait to Shizr the satnav was about 5 miles out.
 
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Vonshot said:
Funny you mention this, I am currently doing some background checks on an individual who claims to have served with the Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces in the early 70's and claims to have came from the Houshold Div

Is there anyone here who was there at the time or any pointers how I might check out this item? Horseguards seem to be very unhelpful.

I seriously think there is something fishy about him but want to double check his background first before making any decisions.
Wouldn't it have been documented in his red book if it was 'loan service' rather than just out there on ex'?
 
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Airfix said:
Vonshot said:
Funny you mention this, I am currently doing some background checks on an individual who claims to have served with the Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces in the early 70's and claims to have came from the Houshold Div

Is there anyone here who was there at the time or any pointers how I might check out this item? Horseguards seem to be very unhelpful.

I seriously think there is something fishy about him but want to double check his background first before making any decisions.
Wouldn't it have been documented in his red book if it was 'loan service' rather than just out there on ex'?
Its not really the thing that I can ask to see his red book.

This guy is claiming it and I have to establish if his CV is the truth and have to try to do this in the background and be quiet about it


No comments about asking on a thread here please! :)
 
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Airfix said:
Vonshot said:
Funny you mention this, I am currently doing some background checks on an individual who claims to have served with the Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces in the early 70's and claims to have came from the Houshold Div

Is there anyone here who was there at the time or any pointers how I might check out this item? Horseguards seem to be very unhelpful.

I seriously think there is something fishy about him but want to double check his background first before making any decisions.
Wouldn't it have been documented in his red book if it was 'loan service' rather than just out there on ex'?
To add, his claims are rather lofty to say the least!

Can RMAS confirm commissions if they received a request for confirmation? It may be that he was never a commissioned officer either.
 
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Airfix said:
Vonshot said:
Funny you mention this, I am currently doing some background checks on an individual who claims to have served with the Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces in the early 70's and claims to have came from the Houshold Div

Is there anyone here who was there at the time or any pointers how I might check out this item? Horseguards seem to be very unhelpful.

I seriously think there is something fishy about him but want to double check his background first before making any decisions.
Wouldn't it have been documented in his red book if it was 'loan service' rather than just out there on ex'?
Its in mine!
 
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If this is in a CV surley he wont mind if you ask to see his vRed Book, as it is a very good referance and will only enhance his application
 
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Thumrait used to be called Midway. I was in SAF 72-73 with about 5 or 6 months in Dhofar including a lot of time at Midway. Old soldier that I am ...
 
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Johnny_2hernias said:
Thumrait used to be called Midway. I was in SAF 72-73 with about 5 or 6 months in Dhofar including a lot of time at Midway. Old soldier that I am ...
Thanks, I should have gussed it was Midway.

So where the buggery was Whitecity ?

While at Thumrait I spent 2 days on the old bombing range with the Brit SAF demo guy blowing blinds, that cured my interest in blowing up blinds. He told a story that there were still 4 missing 1000lbs unexploded bombs somewhere on the area so every time you blew a small blind there was a chance of setting off on of the missing 1000 lb'ers, mind you he was probably winding me up.....it worked :D
 
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White City was one of the locations on the jebel; I'd have to look it up on one of the maps that found its way into my attic, but I think it was east of the Midway Road.
 
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Vonshot said:
Airfix said:
Vonshot said:
Funny you mention this, I am currently doing some background checks on an individual who claims to have served with the Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces in the early 70's and claims to have came from the Houshold Div

Is there anyone here who was there at the time or any pointers how I might check out this item? Horseguards seem to be very unhelpful.

I seriously think there is something fishy about him but want to double check his background first before making any decisions.
Wouldn't it have been documented in his red book if it was 'loan service' rather than just out there on ex'?
To add, his claims are rather lofty to say the least!

Can RMAS confirm commissions if they received a request for confirmation? It may be that he was never a commissioned officer either.
Ref commissions, the Army List (Part I) holds the details of every commissioned officer and their Regt/Corps. choose the year after he was commissioned and have a deco, or have a trusted source have a deco. Same with the London Gazette, which I believe you can check online. Further, if you can get your hands on the Army List (Part III) it contains the biographical details of all regular army officers and loan service should be a biographical entry, as will any time this bod spent in the ranks.

If you are London based, the British Library holds copies of the Army Lists and in theory, you should by able to order one though your local Library too.

Happy Hunting :D
 
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Vonshot said:
Funny you mention this, I am currently doing some background checks on an individual who claims to have served with the Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces in the early 70's and claims to have came from the Houshold Div

Is there anyone here who was there at the time or any pointers how I might check out this item? Horseguards seem to be very unhelpful.

I seriously think there is something fishy about him but want to double check his background first before making any decisions.
Might be worth getting legal/policy advice from HR dept about what kind of proof you can request from the guy himself. Unless you are in HR, in which case check your policies!
 

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