Greater Middle East (bbabo.net), - The navies of Iraq, Kuwait and the United States have completed a joint patrol in the Persian Gulf in order to "advance regional maritime security." This was reported today, December 13, by The National News.
Vice Admiral Brad Cooper reported that the parties conducted effective maritime maneuvers:
“Our partnerships are at the core of maritime security and stability in the Middle East. Our continued collaboration reflects our collective commitment to protecting regional waters.”
The three countries last conducted a similar patrol in the Persian Gulf on 25 August.
The operational zone of the US Navy's Fifth Fleet includes 21 countries, the Persian and Oman Gulfs, the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Bab el-Mandeb and Hormuz Straits, and the Suez Canal.