Forces from the Kingdom of Bahrain and United States started a 10-day navy train in and off the coast of Bahrain, Could 8. Train Neon Defender is an annual bilateral coaching occasion between U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) and the Bahrain Defence Pressure. The Bahrain Coast Guard can also be taking part. The train focuses on maritime safety operations, set up protection and medical response.

“Bahrain makes many important contributions to the maritime safety of the Gulf and the annual bilateral Neon Defender train highlights the fulsome functionality of Bahrain’s maritime forces,” stated Ambassador Steven C. Bondy, the U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain. “The U.S.-Bahrain safety partnership repeatedly develops to ship enhanced regional safety. This train is a robust instance of how our two nations are working in tandem to enhance safety and security for all, to the advantage of each our nice nations.”


“Neon Defender is a superb alternative to extend interoperability with our Bahraini companions,” stated Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of NAVCENT, U.S. fifth Fleet and Mixed Maritime Forces. “I’m impressed as our military-to-military relationship with Bahrain continues to develop as we strengthen and develop our mutual cooperation.”

Almost 200 U.S. personnel are taking part, together with maritime engagement, safety, medical and development groups from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard cutters USCGC Robert Goldman (WPC 1142) and USCGC Baranof (WPB 1318) in addition to a number of U.S. Navy unmanned programs will even take part within the train.
Headquartered in Manama, Bahrain, NAVCENT contains U.S. forces working within the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Pink Sea, elements of the Indian Ocean and three essential choke factors on the Strait of Hormuz, Suez Canal and Bab al-Mandeb.

Royal Bahrain Naval Pressure quick assault craft RBNS Abdul Rahman Al-fadel (P 22), Bahrain Coast Guard response boats Hawar 5 and Hawar 4, U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72), patrol coastal ships USS Squall (PC 7) and USS Hurricane (PC 3), U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat USCGC Adak (WBP 1333) and two Mark VI patrol boats function in formation throughout train Neon Defender within the Arabian Gulf, April 7. (Military Photograph by Spc. Evens Milcette Jr.)