A major naval exercise started in the Gulf yesterday (October 29), aimed at strengthening civil and military response to a global shipping threat.
The exercise, dubbed Lucky Mariner 14-1, lasts until Saturday, reported the Gulf Da
Operations at the US Navy Fifth Fleet in Bahrain will continue as normal despite a partial government shutdown in the US, said an official.
The US government went into partial shutdown yesterday, the first day of their fiscal year
A US navy ship that had been slated for decommissioning has been sent instead to the Gulf to help mine-clearing operations, the US Fifth Fleet based in Bahrain said, the latest move in a gradual US build-up as tensions with Iran smoulder.
The US Fifth Fleet's relations with their Iranian couterparts in the Gulf waterway remain 'routine and professional', a spokesman said on Wednesday after the US accused Iran of plotting to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington.
The US Navy has denied reports that it is planning to pull its regional headquarters out of Bahrain.
Officials strongly dismissed speculation that the Fifth Fleet base in Juffair could be relocated to another neighbouring country due to fe
The United States will not allow Iran to block the Gulf, the waterway that carries crude from the world's largest oil exporting region, the US Navy's Fifth Fleet said on Wednesday.
"Iran will not attempt to close the Strait of Hormuz and w