Archive: January, 2022

Jan. 31, 2022

60 Nations, International Organizations Kick Off Largest Maritime Exercise in Middle East

The Middle East region’s largest maritime exercise commenced Jan. 31 during a ceremony at U.S. 5th Fleet’s headquarters in Bahrain.

Jan. 27, 2022

NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Bahrain and Oman Detachment Supports USS Portland Port Visit

Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Bahrain, detachment Oman, provided the amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland (LPD 27) contracting and logistics support during a scheduled replenishment and maintenance port visit to Duqm, Oman, January 4 – 15.

Jan. 27, 2022

NAVCENT Expands Unmanned Integration, Operates Saildrone in Arabian Gulf

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) began operating the Saildrone Explorer unmanned surface vessel (USV) in the Arabian Gulf, Jan. 27, expanding U.S. 5th Fleet’s integration of new unmanned systems.

Jan. 26, 2022

New U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Visit Egypt Marking Arrival to 5th Fleet

MANAMA, Bahrain - Two U.S. Coast Guard fast response cutters stopped in Alexandria, Egypt, for a scheduled port visit Jan 25, marking their arrival to U.S. 5th Fleet after departing Key West, Florida in November.

Jan. 25, 2022

UK Warship interdicts illicit drugs shipment in Gulf of Oman

A United Kingdom Royal Navy frigate seized 1,041 kilograms of illegal drugs while transiting international waters during a counter-narcotics patrol in the Gulf of Oman, Jan. 15. HMS Montrose (F236) was operating as part of an international task force called Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, which has increased regional patrols to locate and disrupt unlawful maritime activity. CTF 150 is one of three task forces under Combined Maritime Forces.

Jan. 23, 2022

U.S. Navy Interdicts Stateless Vessel Previously Caught Smuggling Weapons

On Jan. 18, U.S. 5th Fleet ships interdicted a stateless fishing vessel in the Gulf of Oman that was caught smuggling illicit weapons off the coast of Somalia last year.

Jan. 19, 2022

Iowa Soldiers make history in U.S. Army air defense mission

In the very early morning hours of June 5, 2021, Soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 194th Field Artillery did what they’d done for several months – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – they manned their Counter-Rocket, Artillery, Mortar guns. The Soldiers, deployed to Al Asad Air Base in western Iraq, came from small towns, mostly in northwest and north central Iowa. Members of the Iowa National Guard, and mostly field artillerymen and maintainers, they found themselves deployed to the Middle East to do a completely foreign mission: air defense.

Jan. 18, 2022

Record Seizures in 2021 after NAVCENT and CMF Increase Patrols

Since mid-July, U.S. and international maritime forces under CMF have conducted more than 50 boardings of vessels suspected of smuggling illicit cargo in the Gulf of Oman and Arabian Sea, resulting in 14 narcotics seizures and the Dec. 20 weapons seizure. “We have enhanced our presence and vigilance across regional waters,” said Cooper. “This reflects our continued commitment to confront destabilizing activities that disrupt the rules-based international order which underlies maritime security in the Middle East.”

Jan. 9, 2022

USS Lewis B. Puller Credited With Saving Lives of Rescued Mariners

U.S. Navy personnel serving on expeditionary sea base platform ship USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3) called upon their training and teamwork recently to save injured mariners in the Gulf of Oman.

Jan. 6, 2022

Wisconsin Guard augments Colorado Guard artillery deployment

Ten members of the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery — a high-mobility artillery rocket system (HIMARS) unit — trained with the Colorado Army National Guard’s 3rd Battalion, 157th Field Artillery, at Fort Bliss, Texas, before deploying to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield.