Archive: 2021

Sept. 29, 2021

F-16s practice ACE capabilities during Sky Shield III

PRINCE SULTAN AIR BASE, KSA – A contingent of aircraft and personnel assigned to the 378th Air Expeditionary Wing traveled to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, to participate in Exercise Shy Shield III, a bilateral defensive counter air and combat search and rescue exercise, July 31 – Aug 5, 2021.In addition to integrating U.S. operations with the Qatar

Sept. 23, 2021

French Navy frigate seizes $5.2 Million worth of Narcotics

French Marine Nationale frigate FS Languedoc, operating in support of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), seized more than 1,600 kg of illegal drugs during a maritime counter-narcotics operation in the Indian Ocean, Sept. 20.

Sept. 23, 2021

U.S. Navy, Bahrain Commit to Advance New Unmanned Systems Efforts

During a visit to the U.S. Navy installation in Bahrain, Sept. 23, Bahraini leaders committed to partnering with U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) to accelerate integration of new unmanned systems into regional maritime operations.

Sept. 23, 2021

Israeli and U.S. Warships Conduct Milestone Maritime Patrol

Ships from the Israeli Navy and U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) conducted a combined maritime security patrol in the Red Sea, Aug. 30-31. Four Israeli and U.S. Navy ships sailed together in the Gulf of Aqaba as the U.S. Department of Defense shifted Israel from U.S. European Command to U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility.

Sept. 21, 2021

USNS Choctaw County Arrives in Lebanon for First-Ever Central Partnership Station USNS Choctaw County Arrives in Lebanon for First-Ever Central Partnership Station

BEIRUT - Expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Choctaw County (T-EPF 2) arrived in Beirut, Lebanon, Sept. 20, to participate in U.S. Naval Forces Central Command’s (NAVCENT) first-ever Central Partnership Station (CPS) mission.

Sept. 13, 2021

332 AEW Synchronizes Alert Responses

During an alert exercise, multiple agencies collaborated to strengthen and refine Counter-Small Unmanned Aerial Systems tactics, techniques and procedures.

Sept. 10, 2021

Coalition Welcomes New Commander, Continues Mission

Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, the military organization to defeat Daesh in Iraq and Syria, conducted a transfer of authority ceremony in Baghdad, Sept. 9, 2021. Maj. Gen. John Brennan assumed command from Lt. Gen. Paul T. Calvert as the command’s colors were passed by the U.S. Central Command commander.

Sept. 10, 2021

QATAR, AFCENT validate tactics during Exercise Sky Shield III

Airmen from U.S. Air Forces Central and the Qatar Emiri Air Force participated in Exercise Sky Shield III at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Aug. 1-4, 2021. Sky Shield III is a bilateral defensive counter-air combat patrol and combat search and rescue exercise designed to validate AFCENT and QEAF’s combined capability to defend regional airspace.

Sept. 9, 2021

The 46th Expeditionary Attack Squadron takes flight with the MQ-9 Reaper

The 46th Expeditionary Attack Squadron serves a multi-faceted operation that is responsible for reconnaissance, intelligence and surveillance throughout the area of responsibility. Here they have a launch and recovery element utilizing the MQ-9 Reaper to complete their mission to meet daily air tasking orders. The MQ-9s provide a persistent attack and reconnaissance capability to the theater.

Sept. 8, 2021

Pakistan, German, U.S. Naval Forces Conduct Passing Exercise in Arabian Sea

The Pakistan Navy frigate PNS Alamgir (F 260) and German Navy frigate FGS Bayern (F 217) participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) in the Arabian Sea, Sept. 6. The exercise included advanced maneuvers and communication drills flexing the crews’ abilities to operate together in a dynamic environment, and test and refine combined command and control processes.