Archive: 2022

Dec. 28, 2022

Counter Small Unmanned Aerial System Training At Al Dhafra Air Base

It’s a clear December morning at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The base’s population is mostly still getting their breakfast and preparing for work. All is normal, except for the occasional buzzing sound heard overhead. It sounds like a fly. A very big fly. Those that have the wherewithal to look up may catch a glimpse of a small spot approximately 500 feet in the sky, but that is no ordinary spot. It’s a small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) that is patrolling the north side of the base.

Dec. 28, 2022

MQ-9 FARP in a Combat Area

The Air Force is always developing ways to act faster and more effectively around the world. A Forward Arming and Refueling Point, or FARP, accomplishes this by allowing aircraft to prepare for their next mission without having to return to an established base. This capability is part of Agile Combat Employment, the doctrine that emphasizes mobility even in hostile areas where infrastructure is scarce.

Dec. 16, 2022

U.S., Regional Partners Form Multinational Boarding Team in Middle East

U.S. 5th Fleet completed a two-week multinational vessel boarding integration event, Dec. 15, with regional nations in the Middle East.

Dec. 15, 2022

Task Force 59 Completes Digital Horizon Event

U.S. 5th Fleet concluded Digital Horizon, Dec. 15, a three-week unmanned and artificial intelligence event in Bahrain that involved 17 industry partners.

Dec. 7, 2022

Task Force 59 Launches Aerial Drone from Coast Guard Ship in Middle East

A U.S. Navy unmanned task force in the Middle East launched an aerial drone from a U.S. Coast Guard vessel operating the Arabian Gulf, Dec. 7.

Nov. 29, 2022

Task Force 55 Welcomes New Commander at Pierside Ceremony in Bahrain

The task force responsible for U.S. 5th Fleet’s surface forces welcomed a new commander during a change of command ceremony in Bahrain, Nov. 29.

Nov. 23, 2022

U.S. Launches New Unmanned & AI Systems Integration Event

U.S. 5th Fleet began a three-week unmanned and artificial intelligence integration event in Bahrain, Nov. 23, that will involve employing new platforms in the region for the first time.

Nov. 22, 2022

U.S. Navy Analysis Confirms Iranian Link to Drone Attack

A U.S. Navy lab in Bahrain has confirmed Iran’s connection to a Nov. 15 aerial drone attack on a Liberian-flagged commercial tanker transiting international waters in the Middle East.

Nov. 21, 2022

Israeli National Security Advisor Visits U.S. 5th Fleet in Bahrain

An Israeli delegation led by Israel’s National Security Advisor Dr. Eyal Hulata visited U.S. 5th Fleet headquarters in Bahrain, Nov. 20, to learn about ongoing efforts to strengthen regional maritime partnerships and integrate new technologies.

Nov. 17, 2022

77th “Gamblers Double Down”- demonstrate Shaw’s AFFORGEN capabilities

In line with the new Air Force Force Generation, or AFFORGEN model, the 20th Fighter Wing has accelerated its force generation approach, sustained readiness and delivered three major aviation deployments in calendar year 2022. Including back-to-back deployments to Prince Sultan Air Base, the 77th “Gamblers” and 79th “Tigers”, have demonstrated Team Shaw’s capability to supply sustainable force offerings of Airmen and airpower to the Joint Force.