On Wednesday, a multilateral maritime security operations exercise in the Red Sea was started by the forces from the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Israel, and the United States Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT).
This is reported as the first joint naval drill between the two Gulf countries, the United States, and Israel. It will be a five-day exercise that will include training on the USS Portland Vessel. According to the US, its focus is on enhancing the interoperability among the participating force’s maritime interdiction teams.
In respect to the drills, an Israeli naval officer said that this could help counter Iran’s “power projection” under the US auspices.
Under the US-broken deal “Abraham Accords”- the UAE and Bahrain normalized diplomatic relations with Israel last year. The normalization of the agreements leads to the drill among the nations. An unknown source said that it will increase the cooperation and safety of the Red Sea and Iranian terror in the region.
The 5th Fleet of America is based in the Gulf Island state of Bahrain. The Fleet will operate in the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, and parts of the Indian Ocean.