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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HMS Montrose Visits Singapore

February 20, 2019 – Frigate HMS Montrose has begun the latest leg of a 20,000-mile voyage to the Gulf after ten days in Singapore. The Plymouth-based warship used the ten-day break in the Commonwealth nation to allow maintenance to be carried out after a 16,000-mile journey from home via the Caribbean and Pacific. And it allowed the ship’s company an extended break after four months mostly at sea – allowing many sailors to fly loved ones out to join them in the ‘city of the lion’. The ship berthed at…

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Leonardo Delivers Al Muharraq From Overhaul

November 15, 2018 – During a ceremony in Mina Salman at Royal Bahrain Navy Headquarters, Leonardo delivered the second of six upgraded naval vessels, Al Muharraq ship, following a deal signed in 2015 with the Royal Bahrain Naval Force. The upgrade includes a new weapon control system, training services and logistics. The first ship, called Al Manama, was delivered in December 2017 two months ahead of schedule, proving the strong commitment of Leonardo in supporting the Royal Bahrain Naval Force as well as all its customers in the country. This…

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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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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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