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UAE Building its First Naval Base in Eritrea?

UAE new Naval Base in Assab Port
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is constructing a new port next to Assab International Airport in Eritrea. Imagery of Assab airfield in Eritrea shows large vehicle park, new construction, Saudi or UAE C-130 military aircraft on the tarmac. (credit: @Alex_de_M)

By Jeremy Binnie / for IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly,

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) appears to be constructing a new port next to Assab International Airport in Eritrea, which could become its first permanent military base in a foreign country.

Satellite imagery shows rapid progress has been made since work began sometime after September 2015. A square of coastline measuring about 250×250 m has already been excavated and dredged, while a pier and/or breakwater is being constructed and already extends over 700 m from the original coastline. Continue reading UAE Building its First Naval Base in Eritrea?