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, USS Sentry (MCM 3), USS Gladiator (MCM 11), USS Dextrous (MCM 13), and USS Whirlwind (PC 11), as well as the NSA Bahrain Fire Department, responded to the fire. The…

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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 Mr Yamashita, Japan Coast Guard Attaché/ Second Secretary, Embassy of Japan called on Vice Admiral AK Chawla, AVSM, NM, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command and interacted with him…

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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 away from homeport and at sea for a long period takes a toll on equipment that is continuously operating,” said Lt. Antonio Thompson, the ship’s maintenance officer. “Manama is a…

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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), although her ship’s company will rotate in spring 2019. This forward-deployment serves two purposes – to demonstrate the UK’s commitment to maritime security in the Gulf while also ensuring those…

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HMS Bangor Returns From Three Years in Bahrain

August 31, 2018 – Scots-based HMS Bangor will return to her home port of HM Naval Base Clyde today, August 31 and will be welcomed by family members, loved ones and personnel from the First Mine Counter Measures Squadron (MCM1). For the past three years HMS Bangor has been operating in the Gulf as part of the UK’s enduring commitment in the region to work with international partners to protect vital shipping lanes. MCM1 Crew 2 took over HMS Bangor in January 2018 and in March, the Ship and her…

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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 showed the strength like-minded nations have in combating the trans-national threat of global terrorism. CDRE Mal Wise said he was proud of the achievements made by CTF150 during the past…

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P-8A Poseidon Supports Missions in U.S. 5th Fleet

A P-8A Poseidon from the “Mad Foxes” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 supported maritime operations in U.S. 5th Fleet under Commander, Task Force (CTF) 57, Feb. 24 – March 3. The first time a P-8A had deployed to U.S. 5th Fleet since 2016, the aircraft conducted missions spanning the area of operation in the Arabian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and Arabian Sea. “By having an asset deployed to Italy operate here in Bahrain, and to do so extremely well, we demonstrate the inherent maneuverability of…

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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. military surgical capabilities aboard a RFA asset using organic logistic support. Among the participants were United Kingdom members from Cardigan Bay, Deployed Health Care Team, 42 Commando Royal Marines, and…

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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 a string of successes for Leonardo in Bahrain, where the company has also supplied advanced air traffic control radar systems, which are enhancing the safety and efficiency of the country’s…

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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 should any nation or group sow the waters with mines. The two navies share the same base (Bahrain), much of the same equipment (in particular the remote-controlled submersible SeaFox which…

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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. The ceremony was presided over by Vice Adm. John Aquilino, U.S. Navy, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT)/U.S. 5th Fleet (C5F)/Combined Maritime Forces . The assumption of command…

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KBRwyle wins US$91 million BOSS contract to support navy in Bahrain

KBR, Inc. announced that its global Government Service business, KBRwyle, was awarded a $91 million, base operating support services contract by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic. This is the latest in a series of base operations support service contracts awarded to the company, including two major contracts estimated at $956 million supporting Navy bases in Diego Garcia and Djibouti. KBRwyle now has on-going base operating support services work totaling more than $1B over the next eight years. Under the terms of this latest contract, KBRwyle will support services…

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State Dept Approves 35 Meter Fast Patrol Boats for Bahrain

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Bahrain for 35 Meter Fast Patrol Boats. The estimated cost is $60.25 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. Bahrain has requested the purchase of two (2) 35 meter Fast Patrol Boats, each equipped with one (1) MK38 Mod 3 25mm gun weapon system and one (1) SeaFLIR 380 HD Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) device. Additionally, Bahrain has requested communication equipment; support equipment; spare and repair…

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