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Gulf of Oman (Persian: دریای عمان) (Arabic: خليج عُمان) is a map featured in many installments of the Battlefield Series. It involves a United States Marine Corps assault on a beach area between the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman, within the Strait of Hormuz.

Battlefield 2Edit

Gulf of Oman
Game

BF2 Icon Battlefield 2

Part of the

Sino-American War

Teams

USMC logo United States Marine Corps vs.
MEC Middle Eastern Coalition

Location

Persian Gulf

Terrain

Desert

Mode(s)

Conquest, Co-op

Combat

Amphibious Assault (32 & 64 modes)

Singleplayer

Yes

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DescriptionEdit

"A USMC Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) has landed on this Persian Gulf beach during the night in the hopes of quickly seizing the nearby MEC airbase. The stakes are high for both sides. The Marines face possibly being driven into the sea and destroyed. The MEC forces could lose a key airbase and open the door for US forces to take strategic oilfields. Both sides have been using the morning to prepare for a final assault."

DeploymentsEdit

MEC DeploymentEdit

The MEC deploys at an Airfield located in the north eastern area of the combat zone.

Included Vehicles:

US DeploymentEdit

The US deploys aboard the USS Essex (LHD-2). It is located in the south-western side of the map.

Included Vehicles:


FlagsEdit

HotelEdit

1 of 3 MEC-controlled CPs (Capture Points). It is located south of the airfield. The Hotel is easy to reach on any land or air vehicle, but reaching it on foot will be very time-consuming.

This control point is probably the most vulnerable of the initial MEC positions as the control point can be captured by vehicle-mounted players. The hilly landscape surrounding the flag also helps attackers to secure the flag more easily. Like the Construction Site, the land around the flag is too small for armored vehicles to defend, so capturing the flag will heavily depend on infantry. An Anti-Aircraft position is included at this location. It will be close to the flag near a few bushes and under a tree.

Included Vehicles:

Construction SiteEdit

1 of 3 MEC-controlled CPs. It is located south-southwest of the airfield. It is easy to reach by land vehicle and Helicopter, but somewhat hard by foot (if spawned on a CP other than the Construction Site). It appears to be the closest MEC CP to the USMC CPs to the south.

This location is very exposed to ground attack from the USMC positions. Be aware, however, that there are many places amongst the structures and terrain that provide cover for ambushing enemy armor. Additionally, vehicle-mounted players will not be able to directly effect the control point, as there is very little space and barely any concealed entrance/exitways for vehicles such as tanks or APCs to enter/exit. This means that the flag must be taken by only infantry.

Included Vehicles:

VillageEdit

1 of 3 MEC-controlled CPs. It is located west of the airfield, near the end of the airfield's 2 runways. It is easy to reach by vehicle and on foot. If the USMC moves to capture this point quickly, than they will be able to strike from the other nearby base from the right/left flank. An Anti-Aircraft position is included at this CP, but it is very vulnerable to attack.

Included Vehicles:

River FortificationEdit

of 4 US-controlled CPs. It is located on west side of the map, nearby the river. The River Fortification is easy to reach from the coast or river and features several vehicles.

This point is integral to the USMC advance, hosting the most versatile inventory of vehicles to advance on MEC positions and being the closest CP to the USMC's artillery. The best approach to this position is from the river/coast, as it is well protected from air and ground attacks.

If the MEC team decides to rush, this will probably by the linchpin of their assault. Capturing this point for the MEC ensures the security of Airfield assets and opens of the possibility of sabotaging the USMC's assets, both on land and on the aircraft carrier. This point can be captured by vehicle-mounted players, but this is not recommended, as it is very easy to flank vehicles in this position.

The two buildings near the flag offer good cover to protect players from incoming airstrikes and from enemy armor. They are also good spots for Snipers and AT soldiers to attack enemy infantry and armor from. However, one of the buildings will be partially destroyed, giving infantry inside less cover from Artillery Strikes and bombing runs. An Anti-Aircraft position is included at this location. It will be near the flag, close to a wall of the wrecked building.

Included Vehicles:

Olive Hill FortificationEdit

1 of 4 US-controlled CPs. It is located at the center of the map near the coast. The Olive Hill Fortification is a quite open area with light vehicles.

This USMC position is quite in the open, but that provides benefits as well as disadvantages. It is easy to secure this position against incoming armor, due to the sandbag and metal drum walls, which funnel vehicles. These walls also provide cover from incoming fire from armor and snipers.

However, this position also tends to take a lot of flak from MEC Air Support and Artillery, as it is an easy target. Make sure to bring engineers if you plan on taking this point with vehicles, as the risk of finding mines and C4 on this point is very high. An Anti-Aircraft position is included at this location. It will be behind the flag, in front of a tower near the flag.

Included Vehicles:

Rock FortificationEdit

1 of 4 US-controlled CPs. It is located between the Olive Hill and Village Fortifications. The Rock features several vehicles and buildings that give a good amount of cover.

Like the Olive Hill Fortification, this fortification is surrounding by sandbag and metal drum walls, allowing defenders to funnel enemy vehicles into easily defensible approaches. The same strategies for attacking and defending that work on Olive Hill generally hold true for this position as well.

However, the terrain and the fact that this position includes a tank, makes defending it a bit easier. Also, there is a well-covered, direct approach from this position to the Construction Site, making this CP the premier stepping stone to that MEC CP. Like Olive Hill, beware of enemy aircraft as they will make short work of Rock if you aren't prepared. An Anti-Aircraft position is included at this location. It will be in between the lookout tower near the flag and a sandbag bunker along one of the entrances/exits.

Included Vehicles:

Village FortificationEdit

1 of 4 US-controlled CPs. It is the eastern USMC flag and is equally distant from the Rock Fortification and the Hotel. The Village Fortification features light vehicles and long lines of sight.

The southernmost of the beach forts, this USMC position is the springboard to attacking the Hotel. Defense and Offense strategies are analogous with those of the Rock and Olive Hill Forts. An anti-aircraft position is included at this location.

Included vehicles:

Commander AssetsEdit

USMCEdit

USMC Radar and UAV assets are located in their usual positions on the USS Essex and their artillery is located on the thin sand spit located southeast of the River Fortification.

MECEdit

All MEC assets are located at the Airfield. The UAV Trailer is located near the runway's air sock, the Satellite is located close to the Main Entrance of the airfield, and the Artillery is located in front of the other land entrance to the airfield, near the oil mines.

GalleryEdit

Battlefield Play4FreeEdit

Oman
Battlefield P4F Oman Screen
Game

Battlefield Play4Free

Part of the

Unknown Russo-American Conflict

Music
Teams

USMC logo USMC vs.
Flag of the Russian ground forces Russian Army

Tickets

First to 1000 points

Location

Persian Gulf

Terrain

Beach, urban, plains

Mode(s)

Conquest

Combat

Air combat, urban warfare, vehicular warfare

Platform(s)

PC

GulfofOmanMinimap

Oman returns as a featured map in Battlefield Play4Free. It is based on the 32-players variant from Battlefield 2, but has only four control points and two uncapturable bases - one for each team, rather than five control points and two uncapturable bases.

The two factions differ only in that the United States Marine Corps fights the Russian Army rather than the Middle Eastern Coalition. Multiple FAV's and DPV's lay scattered about the outskirts of the map for players who wish to travel around quickly.

In-game DescriptionEdit

"Seeking to take control of the valuable Oman oil reserves the Marine Forces must maintain air superiority over the Russian Forces to seize this valuable land."

DeploymentsEdit

US DeploymentEdit

The USMC spawns on the USS Essex with six RIBs, one LAV-25, two F-35B's, an AH-64, a MH-60 Knight Hawk, and two Stingers for air defense. Another AH-64 will spawn when the Russian forces will take the A flag, and the MH-60 and RIB's will spawn very quickly after the last has left the base.

RU DeploymentEdit

The Russian Army spawns at the Airfield with three Vodniks, one BTR-90, two MiG-29 Fulcrums, a Mi-17 Hip, a Mi-28 Havoc, and two IGLA's for air defense. A T-90 will also spawn about a minute in to the game near the two helipads. The Vodniks and Hip spawn very quickly after they have left the vicinity of the base.

FlagsEdit

A: BeachheadEdit

The Beachhead is the closest control point to the US Base and once captured, it will spawn two HMMWV's, one LAV-25, one M1A2 Abrams, a DPV, another Stinger site, and a BGM-71 TOW just outside on a hill, overlooking the main entrance to the base. When under Russian control, a BTR-90, a T-90, two Vodniks, an FAV, an IGLA, and an HJ-8 will spawn here. Being the closest base to the US amphibious assault ship, it is incredibly important to hold this base as the USMC can easily become spawn camped if it is not taken back.

B: Wrecked TrainEdit

The Wrecked Train is a bit closer towards the US base and can be reached very fast with the Knight Hawk or a RIB and DPV and is about equidistant from points A and D, much like the Gas Station. If captured, a Stinger or IGLA will spawn on the train car with the concrete pipes and a BGM-71 TOW or HJ-8 will spawn near the flag. No other vehicles spawn here, but an FAV can be found down by the river, away from the site. Much of the heavy fighting occurs here as it is the only middle base to have an anti-air site, making it very useful to defend against helicopters and jets.

C: Gas StationEdit

The Gas Station is a bit closer to the Russian base and can easily be reached by the Hip or a Vodnik, but is about an equal distance from point A and D. Once captured, it will spawn a Vodnik and HJ-8 for the Russians and an HMMWV and BGM-71 TOW for the Americans. This base is hotly fought over for the control of the middle ground and if not defended, it can easily fall to enemy hands. The hotel is a good spot for Recons to snipe of enemies trying to take over the station.

D: Construction SiteEdit

The Construction Site is the closest base to the Russian base. When captured, it will spawn four FAV's, one T-90, an IGLA on top of the construction site, and an HJ-8 overlooking point C, just outside the base. When under control by the Americans, four DPV's, a BGM-71 TOW, and Stinger will spawn here. The base can be easily reached by the Mi-17 Hip or a Vodnik, and the tower crane overlooking the Construction Site is a wonderful sniping spot for Recon players, but it can take a long time to climb, even with Power Climb.

GalleryEdit

Battlefield 3Edit

Gulf of Oman 2014
Gulf of Oman
Game

Battlefield 3 Icon Battlefield 3

Part of the

War of 2014

Music

Kharg Island Loading Music

Teams

USMC logo United States Marine Corps vs.
Flag of the Russian ground forces Russian Ground Forces

Tickets

200-300

Date

2014

Location

Gulf of Oman, Bandar-e Jask, Iran

Terrain

Desert, Urban, Sea

Mode(s)

All

Combat

Aerial Assault, Vehicular warfare, Urban Warfare, Infantry, Amphibious Assaults

Oman64 - BTK

64 Player Version

Gulf of Oman is a map featured in the Back to Karkand expansion pack.

EA held a competition involving the name change of capture point "Rock Fort" as now the capture point has villas. The new name chosen for this point was "Veteran's Retreat".[1]

OverviewEdit

A USMC Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) has landed on this Persian Gulf beach during the night in the hopes of quickly seizing the nearby Russian airbase. The stakes are high for both sides. The Marines face possibly being driven into the sea and destroyed. The Russian forces could lose a key airbase and open the door for US forces to take strategic oilfields. Both sides have been using the morning to prepare for the final assault.

ConquestEdit

Flag of the United States United States Marine Corps
Light vehicle(s)
Infantry Fighting Vehicle(s)
Main Battle Tank(s)
Helicopters(s)
Fixed-wing aircraft
Boat(s)
Emplacement(s)
Flag of Russia Russian Ground Forces
Light vehicle(s)
Infantry Fighting Vehicle(s)
Main Battle Tank(s)
Helicopters(s)
Fixed-wing aircraft
Emplacement(s)

River FortEdit

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Olive FortEdit

The Olive Fort control point is little more than a small staging area surrounded by a few crates. The control point starts out in the possession of the US team. The flag sits in the center of the supply area and can easily be captured by both infantry and vehicles. Defenders here have few places to hide other than the large crates that surround the perimeter.

Mines posted around the flag are effective for deterring vehicle attacks. Perhaps the control point’s greatest defensive asset is its remote location, allowing defenders to spot incoming attackers at long range. The beach by the fort acts as a great defensive position for the RU army's light and heavy armor when the US army is forced back to their aircraft carrier allowing heavy and light tanks destroy oncoming RHIB boats attacking the fort and aerial vehicles can provide cover from gunships and jets.

The following vehicles spawn here depending on what team is in control.

Under US Control:

Under RU Control:

Veteran's RetreatEdit

Veteran’s Retreat is a cluster of three two-story buildings near the coast. Initially the US team holds this control point. Compared to the other US-held control points, this flag is much more defendable but it supplies both teams with only a light vehicle each.

However, every flag is precious and both teams should try to hold onto this one. The flag sits outside the southernmost building and can be captured by both vehicles and infantry. The capture radius is rather large, so infantry inside the nearby building can capture or contest the flag.

Defenders positioned in any of the three buildings have a good view of the flag. Placing mines on the road leading into the control point or near the flag is a great way to fend off enemy vehicle attacks. The light vehicle spawned here is great for launching high-speed raids on distant control points like the Hotel, City, or Construction Site. The bridge leading towards the City is dangerous as it can be guarded by snipers and AT gunners easily stopping any assaults on nearby flags and mines may also be scattered on the bridge to stop heavy and light vehicles from moving up.

The following vehicles spawn here depending on what team is in control.

Under US Control:

Under RU Control

Beach LandingEdit

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CityEdit

Like the construction site, the City is a built up area cluttered with debris. While accessible to armored vehicles, the nature of the fight around here would be a pitched street fight, with infantry capable of effectively exploiting enemy vulnerability.

There are many buildings around this point, meaning infantry, regardless of class, have a plethora of spots to effectively cover the flag, while being exposed only to minimal enemy fire.

Capturing this point will require good infantry support to the armor, as they can clear out the surrounding buildings; the capture area itself is extremely vulnerable to enemy fire, from surrounding buildings.

This point is a useful springboard to B, C and D. This important for that reason.

The following vehicles spawn here depending what team is in control.

Under US Control:

Under RU Control:

Construction SiteEdit

Like the Construction sites of previous Battlefield games, the focus around this flag would be infantry battle, as there are many buildings and niches that vehicles cannot access, from which infantry can cover the flag effectively. The crane is still there, providing the classic sniping spot.

However, climbing it leaves players vulnerable to incoming enemy fire. At the top, it does not provide a good view of the whole map, rather, just the open beach area and clusters of buildings. Player may go to the top of the unfinished buildings by the use of aircraft or Radio Beacon. This spot tends to be more favored because it can have a higher or lower elevation than the crane and is harder to reach.

Notably, the Construction site in this game has an access way for heavy vehicles to roll through to capture the flag, and to roll out again. However, the cramped space and debris cluttered around makes it hard to maneuver and easy to miss out ambushing infantry, meaning it would be very dangerous to capture this flag without infantry support: Tanks and IFVs cannot take care of everyone with an RPG-7, Anti-Tank Mines or C4.

The following vehicles spawn here depending what team is in control.

Under US Control:

Under RU Control:

HotelEdit

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RushEdit

Squad RushEdit

DeathmatchEdit

Battlefield 4Edit

Gulf of Oman 2014
BF4 oman
Game

Battlefield 4 Icon Battlefield 4

Part of the

War of 2014

Teams

USMC logo United States Marine Corps vs
Flag of the Russian ground forces Russian Ground Forces

Date

2014

Location

Gulf of Oman, Bandar-e Jask, Iran

Terrain

Desert, Urban, Sea

Combat

Aerial Assault, Vehicular warfare, Urban Warfare, Infantry, Amphibious Assaults

Gulf of Oman is a map featured in the Second Assault expansion for Battlefield 4.

One significant Levolution event on this map takes the form of a massive dust storm sweeping through the map. The dust storm rolls in during the middle of the match, and greatly reduces visibility, making many air vehicles such as jets and helicopters, as well as other long-range weapons such as sniper rifles, less effective to use. Thermal Optics can counter the loss of visibility. Another noteworthy Levolution item is the ability to collapse the crane in the construction site.

ConquestEdit

Conquest remains largely the same as in Battlefield 3 except for some minor changes.

River FortEdit

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Olive FortEdit

The Olive Fort control point is little more than a small staging area surrounded by a few crates. The control point starts out in the possession of the US team. The flag sits in the center of the supply area and can easily be captured by both infantry and vehicles. Defenders here have few places to hide other than the large crates that surround the perimeter.

Mines posted around the flag (especially on the road) are effective for deterring vehicle attacks. Perhaps the control point’s greatest defensive asset is its remote location, allowing defenders to spot incoming attackers at long range. The beach by the fort acts as a great defensive position for the RU army's light and heavy armor when the US army is forced back to their aircraft carrier allowing heavy and light tanks destroy oncoming RHIB boats attacking the fort and aerial vehicles can provide cover from gunships and jets.

Veteran's RetreatEdit

Veteran’s Retreat is a cluster of three two-story buildings near the coast. Initially the US team holds this control point. Compared to the other US-held control points, this flag is much more defendable but it supplies both teams with only a light vehicle each.

However, every flag is precious and both teams should try to hold onto this one. The flag sits outside the southernmost building and can be captured by both vehicles and infantry. The capture radius is rather large, so infantry inside the nearby building can capture or contest the flag.

Defenders positioned in any of the three buildings have a good view of the flag. Placing mines on the road leading into the control point or near the flag is a great way to fend off enemy vehicle attacks. The light vehicle spawned here is great for launching high-speed raids on distant control points like the Hotel, City, or Construction Site. The bridge leading towards the City is dangerous as it can be guarded by snipers and AT gunners easily stopping any assaults on nearby flags and mines may also be scattered on the bridge to stop heavy and light vehicles from moving up.

Beach LandingEdit

[Conquest Large]

CityEdit

Like the construction site, the City is a built up area cluttered with debris. While accessible to armored vehicles, the nature of the fight around here would be a pitched street fight, with infantry capable of effectively exploiting enemy vulnerability.

There are many buildings around this point, meaning infantry, regardless of class, have a plethora of spots to effectively cover the flag, while being exposed only to minimal enemy fire.

Capturing this point will require good infantry support to the armor, as they can clear out the surrounding buildings; the capture area itself is extremely vulnerable to enemy fire, from surrounding buildings.

This point is a useful springboard to B, C and D. This important for that reason.

Construction SiteEdit

The Construction site remains the same as in Battlefield 3 albeit some new cover lining the area. As before, it promotes infantry battle as well as buildings that allow for great over watch of the base.

The crane still remains, with players still vulnerable to incoming enemy fire yet still proves a good vantage point over the map. It now, however, can be destroyed following the incoming dust storm.

HotelEdit

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RushEdit

There are three Rush stages on this map.

Stage 1Edit

Stage 2Edit

Stage 3Edit

ObliterationEdit

In Obliteration gamemode, the map is centered around the highway overpass between the city and the beach.

The bomb spawns along the highway, and each team defends objectives located on either side of it.

Beach TeamEdit

This team paradrops from above Beach Landing, and can spawn in air and naval vehicles stationed at the carrier or the ground vehicles at Olive Fort.

Objective A is located in the two-story buildings south of the overpass, closer to Beach Landing.

Objective B is in another two-story building across the street with the walled yard.

Objective C is in the southernmost of the Rock Fort/Veteran's Retreat buildings.

City TeamEdit

This team paradrops near (but out of reach of) Hotel, with all vehicles originating from the nearby military base.

Objective A is at the gas station near Hotel.

Objective B is in the buildings closest to the overpass.

Objective C is near the bus stop past the City flag.

DominationEdit

DeathmatchEdit

DefuseEdit

Capture the FlagEdit

Capture The Flag takes place in and around the Hotel and Construction Site. The US Flag is found next to the Hotel while the Russian Flag is found next to the crane at the construction site.

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • In Battlefield Play4Free, there is a glitch at the pool where you can swim in invisible water. Also when you shoot at the ground, the invisible water splashes, although all you see is the bottom.
  • The Battlefield 3 description of the map is exactly the same as the Battlefield 2 description, but with "Russian" in place of "MEC".
  • In Battlefield 3, there is a radio on the roof of the hotel playing the original MEC Theme music from Battlefield 2. The radio can be found on every "Back to Karkand" expansion map.
  • The skid loaders are inanimate objects in the console versions. The only other map where they can be used is Wake Island.
  • The cranes used are the same model of those used in Operation Firestorm, though with a different color scheme.
  • The word "Herrbei" can be seen on the cranes in the Battlefield 3 version of Gulf of Oman.
  • The loading theme for the map is the same as Kharg Island's.
  • There is a strange blue flashing light behind the tarp of the building under construction. It might be just a person welding something, because, as stated above, the building is under construction. There is an object inside the tarp that appears to be in the shape of a dinosaur.[2] (Link)
  • In the house near the City, there are several MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) on a shelf.
  • Although the LAV-25 can travel in water, attempting to drive one into the sea using the peninsula off Veteran's Retreat will cause the LAV to violently bounce off the sea.[3]
  • In Battlefield 3, this is the only map with the BTR-90 present on consoles with the BTR being available only on standard Conquest on the Russian side.
  • In Battlefield 3, MAV coordinates display it is operating near the Iranian coast northwest of the port city of Jask, as well as matching geographic features when compared to a real map.
  • In Battlefield 3, there are cardboard boxes scattered throughout the map that read, "MICE," in the same font as the DICE logo. These boxes can also be found on several other maps, including Markaz Monolith and Strike at Karkand, and also on some campaign missions in Battlefield 4.
  • There is graffiti on the small sign outside the Veterans' Retreat that reads "Simon was here 2011".
  • The tall structures on this map make it a favorite for snipers; Recon players are likely to be found on top of the construction buildings, the crane, and the hotel.
  • If the US team has no control over any capture point, they will be limited to only spawning on the carrier. This can make it difficult to regain capture points, as players have to cross a large stretch of open sea, whether by air or water transport, to make it to any flag. This leaves them heavily exposed to Russian fire. RHIB boats flanking around to the Construction Site via the river can help break this stalemate.
  • In Battlefield 4, the elevator in the hotel plays a version of the Battlefield 2 theme.
  • You can see through the sandstorm with IRNV and FLIR scopes.

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