The award is granted to the vessel which excels in showing the meanings of friendship, love and understanding among all participating ship crews. The voting for the award is done by the captains and crews of the participating 104 vessels.
The Shabab Oman II crew expressed their overwhelming joy and happiness in winning the 2017 International Friendship Cup, the result of the strenuous efforts made by the crew on this voyage ‘Friendship and Peace Sail’.
Lt Cdr Ali bin Mohammed al Hosani, captain of Shabab Oman II said, “This is the first achievement of Shabab Oman II, which is an extension of the achievements of the previous Shabab Oman vessel. This is due to the efforts of the ship’s crew and trainees, as well as showing values of love and cooperation to other ships' crews. We have the honour of presenting this victory to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and all personnel of the Sultan’s Armed Forces and the Omani people.”