DSCA Approves Sale of Ex-USS Robert G Bradley to Bahrain

October 23, 2019 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Bahrain to refurbish the Oliver Hazard Perry Class ship, ex ROBERT G. BRADLEY (FFG 49) with support for an estimated cost of $150 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on October 22,…

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International Maritime Exercise 2019 Commences in U.S. 5th Fleet

October 21, 2019 – International Maritime Exercise 2019 (IMX 19), a multinational exercise featuring assets and personnel from more than 50 partner nations and seven international organizations, begins Oct. 21. IMX 19 demonstrates the international community’s resolve in maintaining regional security and stability, freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.…

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Mixed Maritime Exercise (Bridge – 20) and Musnad (Amwaj – 4)

October 6, 2019 (Google Translation) – The mixed naval exercise exercises (Jisr-20) and Al-Musawad (Amwaj-4) coincided with the simultaneous participation of the Royal Navy, represented by the Eastern Fleet, with the participation of the Saudi Royal Air Force and the Royal Saudi Air Defense, represented by the Fifth Air Defense Group and the Royal Bahrain Navy in the waters of…

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UK Reaffirms Persian Gulf Commitment

August 5, 2019 – The United Kingdom has reaffirmed its commitment to freedom of navigation and safe passage through the Gulf. The United Kingdom has reaffirmed its commitment to freedom of navigation and safe passage through the Gulf by playing a leading role in a new international maritime security mission, announced today. The mission will see the Royal Navy working…

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Fire Aboard Devastator; No Injuries

March 15, 2019 – A fire broke out aboard the mine countermeasures ship USS Devastator (MCM 6) while the ship was pierside at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain at approximately 8 p.m. local, March 14. There were no personnel injuries. The extent of the damage is being assessed, and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Sailors aboard Devastator,…

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Japanese Navy Ship Visits Kochi

December 22, 2018 – Japan Navy Ship JMSDF (Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force) Samidare, commanded by Commander Gen Kawai is on a visit to Kochi from 20 – 22 Dec 18. On 21 Dec 18, Captain Takahiro Nishiyama, Commander Escort Division Four accompanied by the Commanding Officer JMSDF Samidare, Commanding Officer of the Japan Coast Guard Somalia Dispatch Investigation Team and…

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USS Jason Dunham Completes MDVR in Bahrain

November 6, 2018 – USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) departed Manama, Bahrain, Oct. 31, after an eight-day port visit for a mid-deployment voyage repair (MDVR) and to give crewmembers an opportunity to volunteer at a local school. Jason Dunham, which deployed from Norfolk, Virginia June 2, spent 66 consecutive days underway before arriving in Manama for the ship’s MDVR. “Being far…

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HMS Montrose Departs for Three Year Deployment to Bahrain

October 26, 2018 – HMS Montrose is preparing to become the Royal Navy’s first frigate to provide an enduring presence in the Gulf as part of the UK’s commitment to security in the Middle East. The Plymouth-based warship will not see the shores of the UK again for more than three years when she deploys on Monday (29 Oct 18),…

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Australia passes CTF150 command to Brits

Nineteen boardings, 3.1 tonnes of heroin and 36 tonnes of hashish seized and destroyed, and over $2.7 billion AUD removed from terrorist networks. These numbers highlight the achievements of the Australian-led rotation of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150) and their support to the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) mission. The Australian-Canadian rotation, deployed since November 2017, completed their successful tour and…

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Exercise Azraq Serpent 18

United States and British Royal Naval forces partnered for exercise Azraq Serpent 18 (AS18) Jan. 14-19 on the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ship Cardigan Bay. The exercise was a bilateral exercise with the aim of developing interoperability between the two partners across the medical domain in the U.S. 5th fleet area of operations. The exercise was intended to demonstrate U.S.…

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Leonardo Redelivers Al Manama From Modernization January 22

During a ceremony in Mina Salman at Royal Bahrain Navy Head Quarters January 22nd, Leonardo delivered the first of six upgraded Al Manama naval vessels ahead of schedule, following a deal signed in 2015 with the Royal Bahrain Naval Force. The upgrade includes a new weapon control system, training services and logistics. This is just one of the latest in…

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Gulf mine forces link up for final workout of 2017

A giant America Sea Dragon helicopter passes HMS Bangor during the last all-action minehunting exercise of 2017 in the Gulf. The Royal Navy’s entire Middle East mine warfare force – five ships and a command team – were committed alongside American robot boats and the US minehunter Gladiator to test the two navies’ ability to keep vital sea routes open…

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Bahrain Takes Over Command of CTF 151 From Turkey

The Turkish Navy handed over command of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151) to the Royal Bahrain Navy after conducting a change of command ceremony on Thursday. Captain Yusuf Almannaei, Royal Bahrain Navy, assumed command of CTF 151 from Rear Adm. Emre Sezenler, Turkish Navy, at a ceremony at CMF headquarters at Naval Support Activity Bahrain.…

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