News | March 16, 2022

5 Nations Conduct Multinational Boarding Team Exchange in Gulf of Oman

By Petty Officer 2nd Class Dawson Roth U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. 5th Fleet

Forces from five nations formed a multinational boarding team (MNBT) and conducted a subject-matter-expert exchange in the Gulf of Oman during a 17-day period ending March 8. 

GULF OF OMAN (March 2, 2022) – Members of a multinational boarding team conduct a subject-matter-expert exchange aboard a fishing vessel in the Gulf of Oman, March 2. Participants included forces from Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. (U.S. Navy photo)
GULF OF OMAN (March 2, 2022) – Members of a multinational boarding team conduct a subject-matter-expert exchange aboard a fishing vessel in the Gulf of Oman, March 2. Participants included forces from Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. (U.S. Navy photo)
GULF OF OMAN (March 2, 2022) – Members of a multinational boarding team conduct a subject-matter-expert exchange aboard a fishing vessel in the Gulf of Oman, March 2. Participants included forces from Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. (U.S. Navy photo)
5 Nations Conduct Multinational Boarding Team Exchange in Gulf of Oman
GULF OF OMAN (March 2, 2022) – Members of a multinational boarding team conduct a subject-matter-expert exchange aboard a fishing vessel in the Gulf of Oman, March 2. Participants included forces from Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. (U.S. Navy photo)
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Participants included service members from U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) and 12 personnel from the Bahrain Coast Guard, Royal Bahrain Naval Force, Royal Navy of Oman, Royal Saudi Naval Forces, and United Arab Emirates Presidential Guard.

The at-sea exchange provided participants an opportunity to enhance interoperability, exchange best practices and support maritime security in the region.

“International maritime forces are at their best when working by, with and through one another to address common challenges,” said Capt. Robert Francis, commodore for NAVCENT's Task Force 55, which oversees U.S. maritime surface forces in the Middle East region. “It is exciting to see our forces engaging regional partners to enhance our collective maritime security capabilities.”

The U.S. ships involved included expeditionary sea base USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3) and patrol coastal ships USS Chinook (PC 9) and USS Thunderbolt (PC 12).

The U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations encompasses approximately 2.5 million square miles of water area and includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea, parts of the Indian Ocean and three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, Suez Canal and Strait of Bab al-Mandeb.