Army personnel from america and the Kingdom of Bahrain started a 10-day naval train Jan. 15 in and off the coast of Bahrain. Train Neon Defender is an annual bilateral coaching occasion that enhances collaboration and interoperability among the many Bahrain Defence Drive, Ministry of Inside and U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT). NAVCENT is headquartered in Manama, Bahrain. The train will deal with maritime operations, set up protection, expeditionary operations, tactical fight, medical response and search and rescue coaching.

An MK 38 Mod 2 25mm machine gun system fires a spherical aboard patrol coastal ship USS Chinook (PC 9) throughout coaching with the Royal Bahrain Naval Drive within the Arabian Gulf, Sept. 20. Chinook carried out a three-day skilled change that ended Sept. 21. (U.S. Navy photograph by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Anita Chebahtah)

“We’re very excited to start the brand new yr coaching facet by facet with the Kingdom of Bahrain, a longstanding, strategic companion. Every year, our mutual dedication to regional maritime safety and stability strengthens and expands, and this yr isn’t any completely different. This can be a nice begin to significant bilateral cooperation we’ll display collectively in 2023,” stated Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of NAVCENT and U.S. fifth Fleet. Cooper additionally leads the Mixed Maritime Forces and the Worldwide Maritime Safety Assemble, two U.S.-led worldwide naval coalitions hosted in Bahrain.


Roughly 200 personnel from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are collaborating along with coastal patrol ships USS Monsoon (PC 4) and USS Chinook (PC 9). United States Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) is america Navy aspect of United States Central Command (USCENTCOM). NAVCENT consists of maritime forces stationed in Bahrain and working within the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Crimson Sea, components of the Indian Ocean and three essential choke factors on the Strait of Hormuz, Suez Canal and Bab al-Mandeb.