US, UAE, Bahrain and Israel take part in naval drill in Red Sea

The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Portland (LPD 27) transits the Pacific Ocean. Credit: Petty Officer 2nd Class William Phillips / US Navy.

The United States Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) and forces attached to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Israel are conducting a multilateral naval exercise.

The exercise among the four countries has been made public for the first time, according to reports.

It comes just one year after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed a US-brokered agreement, called the Abraham Agreement, with Israel.

The five-day maritime security operations exercise, which began on November 10, is underway in the Red Sea.

Includes training at sea aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport port ship USS Portland (LPD 27). The training will cover tactics and techniques related to search and seizure.

NAVCENT noted that the naval drill will improve interoperability between the maritime interdiction forces of the participating nations.

The US Fifth Fleet is conducting the exercise.

NAVCENT Commander, Vice Admiral Brad Cooper of the Combined Maritime Forces and the US Fifth Fleet, said: “It is exciting to see US forces training with regional partners to enhance our maritime security capabilities. collective.

“Maritime collaboration helps safeguard the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce, which are essential for regional security and stability.”

The US Fifth Fleet is based in the Gulf island state of Bahrain and operates in the Arabian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, the Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean.

Its area of ​​operations spans nearly 2.5 million square miles of water.

The US Navy recently deployed the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter, US naval tanker John Lenthall, and US command and control ship (C2) Mount Whitney in the Black Sea.

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