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British royal trip comes as Bahrain unrest far from over

  • Britain's Prince Charles reacts to a joke at a Hindu temple in Manama, Bahrain, on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla are on a three-nation tour of the Gulf. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

    Britain's Prince Charles reacts to a joke at a Hindu temple in Manama, Bahrain, on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla are on a three-nation tour of the Gulf. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)  (The Associated Press)

  • Britain's Prince Charles and wife Camilla visit a Hindu temple in Manama, Bahrain, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. The royal couple are on a three-nation tour of the Gulf. The royal visit to Bahrain comes as unrest in the tiny island nation is far from over. Critics say the United Kingdom’s embrace of the country’s Sunni rulers allows them to wage a crackdown on dissent at a level unseen since the 2011 Arab Spring. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

    Britain's Prince Charles and wife Camilla visit a Hindu temple in Manama, Bahrain, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. The royal couple are on a three-nation tour of the Gulf. The royal visit to Bahrain comes as unrest in the tiny island nation is far from over. Critics say the United Kingdom’s embrace of the country’s Sunni rulers allows them to wage a crackdown on dissent at a level unseen since the 2011 Arab Spring. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)  (The Associated Press)

  • Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the son of Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, greets Prince Charles aboard the HMS Middleton docked at Britain's under-construction Mina Salman Support Facility in Manama, Bahrain, on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla are touring Bahrain but their visit come amid criticism of the island nation conducting a fierce crackdown on dissent. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

    Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the son of Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, greets Prince Charles aboard the HMS Middleton docked at Britain's under-construction Mina Salman Support Facility in Manama, Bahrain, on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla are touring Bahrain but their visit come amid criticism of the island nation conducting a fierce crackdown on dissent. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)  (The Associated Press)

Britain's Prince Charles has inaugurated part of a new British naval base in Bahrain, its first there since pulling out of the island kingdom in 1971.

The Prince of Wales' visit Thursday to the Mina Salman Support Facility comes amid criticism of Bahrain for engaging in a crackdown on dissent, the likes of which has been unseen since the island's 2011 Arab Spring.

Prince Charles later visited the HMS Middletown docked at the base.

The British Defense Ministry estimates the base will cost the United Kingdom at least 6.4 million pounds ($7.9 million), with Bahrain covering the rest.

Prince Charles is on a three-nation tour of the Gulf with his wife Camilla. They previously visited Oman and the United Arab Emirates.