The Royal Army of Oman (RAO) on 18 March celebrated the transformation of the Frontiers Force in the 11th Infantry Brigade into mechanized infantry. The ceremony was held under the patronage of Lt-Gen. Ahmed bin Harith al- Nabhani, Chief of Staff of the Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF), in the presence of Maj-Gen Matar bin Salim al- Balushi, RAO Commander. The occasion was attended by Maj-Gen Amir bin Salim al- Amri, Commander of the Sultan’s Special Force, Maj-Gen Salim bin Musallam Qatan, Commandant of the National Defence College, and other military and security units, and a number of RAO officers, non-commissioned officers,
The ceremony, held in Thumrait Camp in the Governorate of Dhofar, started with the military parade of the Frontiers Force in slow and normal march. The chief guest and attendees watched the mobile parade of the vehicles and equipment, starting with the different means of transportation that played a prominent role in the past, until the modern military transport vehicles that entered the service recently, reflecting the level of development and modernization of RAO. Omani Ministry of Defence showed the Frontier Force parading at the camp in Pars III 8×8 armoured vehicles with a 25 mm gun and Scorpion tracked reconnaissance vehicles, as well as driving quad bikes armed with 7.62 mm FN MAG machine guns.