Maritime forces from Iraq, Kuwait and the US performed a joint patrol, Aug. 25, within the Arabian Gulf. Ships from the Iraq Navy, Kuwait Naval Power, Kuwait Coast Guard, U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard participated in maneuvering workouts and maritime safety drills. U.S. ships included patrol coastal ship USS Sirocco (PC 6) and quick response cutter USCGC Charles Moulthrope (WPC 1141). Sirocco and Charles Moulthrope are forward-deployed to Bahrain the place U.S. fifth Fleet is headquartered.

“Trilateral engagements like this show the shared dedication of companion nations to safeguarding the seas. Cooperation amongst regional companions at sea helps guarantee maritime safety and stability in close by waters,” mentioned Capt. Robert Francis, commander of Process Power 55 whose employees oversees operations for U.S. fifth Fleet floor forces.


The U.S. fifth Fleet working space consists of 21 international locations, the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Pink Sea, elements of the Indian Ocean and three vital choke factors on the Strait of Hormuz, Bab al-Mandeb and Suez Canal. The Fifth Fleet is a numbered fleet of the US Navy since 1995 after a 48-year hiatus. It shares a commander and headquarters with U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) in Bahrain. Fifth Fleet/NAVCENT is a part command of, and experiences to, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).

) U.S. Navy coastal patrol ship USS Sirocco (PC 6), U.S. Coast Guard quick response cutter USCGC Charles Moulthrope (WPC 1141), Kuwait Naval Power ship Maskan (P 3717), and Iraq Navy quick assault craft P-310, sail collectively throughout a joint patrol train within the Arabian Gulf, Aug. 25. Trilateral engagements assist strengthen partnerships and guarantee maritime stability and safety within the Center East area.(U.S. Navy picture by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Anita Chebahtah)