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The Royal Navy have actually built themselves a nice little Naval Base in Duqm, Oman. It's a great spot in a friendly Nation and eliminates the problem of having to transit through the Strait of Hormuz towards Jufair in Bahrain (their former base). I've sailed in to it a number of times and would be a perfect spot for a forward deployment base.IIRC this was done during Op Friction in 90/91 with PRO. Not sure about ATH or TER. The RN have been doing it for years with their forward deployed T23’s and MCM vessels in the Gulf, and more recently with River B2‘s all over the Pacific.
Loads of potential maintenance options too outside of the obvious, like Lumut and Changi.
It has a drydock capable of supporting the Queen Elizabeth Class Carrier's, has maintenance facilities and plenty of birthing space. The Royal Navy has a Frigate permanently stationed there at all times.
Note that the Frigate HMS Montrose already used the docking facilities to overhaul their forward deployed vessels: