The RSNF (Royal Saudi Naval Forces) is the naval arm for the Kingdom. Headquartered in Riyadh with a Western Fleet in the Red Sea (Jeddah) and Eastern Fleet in the Persian Gulf (Jubail), the RSNF is some 12,000 officers and men strong, including 1200 Marines.
Saudi naval officers have received training in the navies of France and Pakistan. - W. M. Thornton
In an earlier submarine program projected to cost $4 - $6 Billion, Saudi Arabian representatives visited submarine builders Vickers, ILK and Kockums. - seeSaudi Arabia enters the twenty-first century
By Anthony H. Cordesman, Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, D.C.) -2003
As the Saudi navy currently claims no submarines, the existing Royal Saudi Naval Forces submarine insignia
(shown above) is thought to be for SDV commandos
, and perhaps even 'unofficial'.
WASHINGTON — Documents gathered by lawyers for the families of Sept. 11 victims provide new evidence of extensive financial support for Al Qaeda and other extremist groups by members of the Saudi royal family, but the material may never find its way into court because of legal and diplomatic obstacles.
Even the CO2 lasers of yesteryear could burn through the skin of an airliner from miles below, igniting the fuel stored inside centerline tanks. M.E. has never seen a single photo of the centerline bottom skin from even one of the fatal flights, have you?
If, as the NYT article reports, some Saudi Royals have been complicit in funding terrorists to wit:
A sworn statement from a 1998 witness that an emissary from Turki al-Faisal handed a check for one billion Saudi riyals (now about $267 million) to a top Taliban leader.
Internal Treasury Department documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, reflecting that prominent Saudi charity, the International Islamic Relief Organization, supported largely by members of the Saudi royal family, showed “support for terrorist organizations” through 2006.
Then, M.E. believes members of the U.S. government may have been paid off and/or blackmailed since 1985, by misguided royals from you know where. This would certainly explain some of the strange failures of our federal government to communicate effectively since 1986.
In all fairness, we should not suspect Canada at this point.
Submarines are always silent and strange.
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