Shoreham Returns to Scotland After Three Years in Bahrain

Minehunter HMS Shoreham has returned to her homeport on the Clyde October 12th after a three-year deployment to the Middle East. The Sandown Class Mine Counter Measures Vessel left Scottish shores in 2018, making the 6,000-mile journey to the Gulf, where she was part of the UK’s enduring presence in the region along with fellow Royal Navy minehunter HMS Brocklesby.…

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UK Minehunters Continue to Push Tech Boundaries

Minehunter crews in the Gulf have been pushing the tech boundaries and honing skills with American allies in the latest combined Anglo-American workout. The two navies hold regular joint exercises to ensure there’s no ‘skills fade’ in the delicate art of finding and neutralizing mines – especially as crews and ships regularly rotate through the region, so there’s a high…

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HMS Middleton & Shoreham Leaving Bahrain After Three Years

August 20, 2021 – Homeward bound on a 6,000-mile journey from the Gulf after a three-year mission to keep sea lanes open are minehunters HMS Brocklesby and Shoreham. The pair are the latest ships to complete an extended stint in Bahrain – a mission Royal Navy minehunters and their crews have conducted now for 15 years. Their task: to remain…

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HMS Middleton Departs Portsmouth for Middle East Deployment

HMS Middleton has departed her homeport of Portsmouth to undertake operations in the Gulf and wider Middle East. The mines countermeasures vessel has recently been fitted with a state of the art mine-hunting command system, and is expected to remain deployed for at least the next two years on Operation Kipion. Crews from the Second Mine Countermeasures Squadron will operate…

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Bollinger Delivers 45th Fast Response Cutter

July 1, 2021 – Bollinger Shipyards LLC has delivered the USCGC EMLEN TUNNELL to the U.S. Coast Guard in Key West, Florida. This is the 168th vessel Bollinger has delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard over a 35-year period and the 45th Fast Response Cutter (“FRC”) delivered under the current program. Named in honor of Coast Guard hero and NFL…

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USS Dextrous Completes Refit in Bahrain

June 2, 2021 – Forward Deployed Regional Maintenance Center (FDRMC) Detachment Bahrain completed the USS Dextrous (MCM 13) Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) on June 2, 17 days ahead of schedule. The USS Dextrous (MCM 13) began her maintenance availability February 14 at Bahrain Ship Repair and Engineering Company (BASREC). The SRA took 108 days to complete and included typical maintenance…

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First Pair of New USCG Cutters Arrive in Bahrain

U.S. Coast Guard Sentinel-class fast response cutters USCGC Charles Moulthrope (WPC 1141) and Robert Goldman (WPC 1142) arrived at their new homeport onboard Naval Support Activity Bahrain, May 25. The FRCs are two of six planned to be attached to Patrol Forces Southwest Asia, forward-deployed to Bahrain with Commander, Task Force 55. They will replace the existing Coast Guard Island-class…

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Bahrain, U.S. Forces Complete Exercise Neon Defender 21

April 8, 2021 (BNA) – “Neon Defender 21” joint drill, which was conducted by Bahrain Defence Force, the Interior Ministry and the US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), concluded today. The names of the vessels involved was not disclosed. The military exercise, which continued for many days, comprised many joint training operations which took into consideration variety and coping with…

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USCG Commissions First PATFORSWA Sentinel-class Cutter

January 22, 2021 – USCGC Charles Moulthrope (WPC 1141), Patrol Forces Southwest Asia’s first Sentinel-class cutter, was commissioned into service at Coast Guard Base Portsmouth, Thursday. Adm. Karl Shultz, commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, presided over the 41st Sentinel-class cutter ceremony. Moulthrope is the first of six FRCs to be homeported in Manama, Bahrain. The cutter’s sponsor is Mrs. Dawn Schultz,…

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