May 11, 2023

U.S. Navy Completes Participation in Oman-led Naval Exercise

U.S. naval forces completed participation in a weeklong Oman-led naval exercise in and off the coast of Oman, May 11, with forces from France and the United Kingdom.

May 10, 2023

U.S. Seizes $80 Million Heroin Shipment in Gulf of Oman

A U.S. Coast Guard fast response cutter seized $80 million worth of heroin from a fishing vessel transiting the Gulf of Oman, May 10, during the ship’s second drug bust this week.

May 8, 2023

CENTCOM’s Command Surgeon hosts 2023 MSCE

U. S. Central Command (CENTCOM) hosted a Medical Security Cooperation Exchange (MSCE) 30 April - 4 May 2023. The event brought together healthcare leaders from the U. S. and its regional partners over five days to share best practices and strengthen relationships. This event’s theme was “Partnership and Innovation to Enhance Military Medicine.”

May 8, 2023

U.S. Coast Guard Seizes $30 Million in Drugs with International Task Force

A U.S. Coast Guard fast response cutter seized more than $30 million of heroin and methamphetamine from a fishing vessel transiting the Gulf of Oman, May 8.

May 7, 2023

U.S. Navy Hosts Oman’s Naval Commander at Headquarters in Bahrain

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) welcomed Oman’s top naval commander to the U.S. Navy base in Bahrain, May 7, coinciding with the start of an Oman-led maritime exercise in the Gulf of Oman.

May 5, 2023

AFCENT commander visits ADAB, preps 75 EFS to receive munitions upgrade

On May 3, Lt. Gen. Alexus Grynkewich, 9th Air Force (Air Forces Central) commander, conducted an immersion with the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates.Grynkewich met with Airmen and Marines from across the base to discuss regional threats, watch operations unfold at the tactical level and enhance his

May 3, 2023

Task Force 51/5 Joint Terminal Attack Controllers increase capability with U.S. Coast Guard, Air Force and Navy partners

Manama, Bahrain – Late last week Naval Amphibious Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Bridge (TF 51/5) Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) embarked on Bahrain-based U.S. Coast Guard fast-response cutters to conduct joint training with both U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force aircraft in the Northern Arabian Gulf. The training involved five U.S. Coast Guard vessels and a group of Marine JTACs who sharpened their tactical skills by controlling U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II and U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon aircraft.

May 3, 2023

Second Merchant Vessel Seized within a Week by Iran

On May 3 at approximately 6:20 a.m. local time, Panama-flagged oil tanker Niovi was seized by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) while transiting the Strait of Hormuz.

May 2, 2023

U.S. Navy Hosts Qatar’s Top Naval Leader in Bahrain

U.S. 5th Fleet hosted Qatar’s top naval leader May 2 at the U.S. Navy base in Bahrain, marking strengthening ties between U.S. and Qatari maritime forces.

April 28, 2023

VNG begins 20th anniversary celebration of partnership with Tajikistan

RICHMOND, Va.  –  The Virginia National Guard began recognizing its 20th year of partnership with the Republic of Tajikistan March 27, 2023, as VNG senior leaders visited with the Tajikistan Ministry of Defense in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.  During the visit, the VNG team, led by Brig. Gen. James W. Ring, the VNG Director of the Joint Staff, participated in bilateral talks on military to military engagements. The Ministry of Defense also hosted a 20th anniversary celebration, commemorating two decades of partnership supporting the State Partnership Program.