Archive: March, 2021

March 31, 2021

IKE Supports OIR from Eastern Mediterranean

Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group began flight operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve from the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, March 31, 2021.

March 23, 2021

France, Belgium, Japan and U.S. Forces Complete Group Arabian Sea Warfare Exercise

France, Belgium, Japan and U.S. forces conducted a Group Arabian Sea Warfare Exercise (GASWEX) in the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman, March 19-22. Led by the French Marine Nationale’s Charles De Gaulle carrier strike group, this combined, multilateral surface, air and sub-surface training is the first major multilateral exercise conducted since commencing their Clemenceau 21 deployment in February.

March 22, 2021

USS Philippine Sea Returns to Sea Fully Mission Capable

Following an unscheduled port visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) has returned to sea fully mission capable, Mar. 21.

March 18, 2021

Egyptian ENS Sharm El-Sheikh, USS Somerset Perform Passing Exercise

The Egyptian guided-missile frigate ENS Sharm El-Sheikh (FFG 901) and U.S. amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) conducted a passing exercise (PASSEX), March 14.

March 16, 2021

Sky Shield II enables further interoperability training

Members of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, 380th AEW, 332nd AEW, Qatar Emiri Air Force and French Air Force participated in Exercise Sky Shield II at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, March 1-3, 2021. The exercise allowed members from all three coalition nations to practice air-to-air refueling with members from the 380th AEW while continuing to work on the Defensive Counter-Air Combat Patrol (DCA CAP) procedures learned in the first exercise conducted in December of 2020.

March 10, 2021

ARCENT K-9 Conducts EOD Training

They trained in roadway, compound, and building searches to work on their identification and detection, skills essential for proficiency in the field. While the military working dogs were searching for ordnance on the ground, the handlers had to keep their eyes peeled on the surrounding area.  “This is a way for us to integrate what we need to look for as handlers,” U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Petty Officer Michael Vanbergriff, a kennel supervisor with ASG-KU DES K-9, said. “When your dog is working a roadway, you don’t need to be paying attention to the dog. What the handler needs to be doing is searching the surroundings for other areas of interest.”

March 10, 2021

USAF conducts ACE capstone event

A pilot with the 77th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron pilot, prepares for flight during an Agile Combat Employment capstone event Feb. 27, 2021, at an airbase in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. U.S. Air Forces Central aircraft and personnel worked with joint and regional partners on a variety of tasks including hot-pit refueling and crew-swap

March 7, 2021

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Participates in Oman-led Exercise Khunjar Hadd 26

NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BAHRAIN (Feb. 21, 2021) – The Royal Navy of Oman, Royal Air Force of Oman, United Kingdom Royal Navy, France Marine Nationale and U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) participated in exercise Khunjar Hadd 26, Feb 21-25.

March 3, 2021

DOD Statement on Rocket Attack at Al Asad by Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby

We can confirm that early this morning the air base at Al Asad in Iraq came under rocket attack. Preliminary indications are that approximately ten rockets were fired from points of origin east of the base.