Greece and USA Coast Guard and naval forces performed joint workout routines within the Arabian Gulf on Friday.
The U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat USCGC Maui and Greek guided-missile frigate HS Hydra participated in a passing train as we speak within the Gulf, one of many busiest waterways on the earth.
The Maui is a part of U.S. Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA), which is comprised of six 110-foot cutters, the Maritime Engagement Group, and shore aspect help personnel.
Coast Guard’s largest unit outdoors the US
It’s the Coast Guard’s largest unit outdoors of the U.S., taking part in a key function in supporting Navy safety cooperation, maritime safety, and maritime infrastructure safety operations within the U.S. 5th Fleet’s space of operations.
The train included superior maneuvers and communication drills flexing the crews’ talents to function collectively in a dynamic surroundings, and take a look at and refine mixed command and management processes.
Greece, USA “dedicated to advancing maritime safety”
“America and Greece are dedicated to advancing maritime safety within the Jap Mediterranean and past,” mentioned U.S. Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey R. Pyatt.
“Immediately’s bilateral train is one other instance of our nations’ deepening military-to-military collaboration, which is at an all-time excessive and rising stronger every day. Collectively, we’re furthering shared protection and safety objectives enshrined in our nations’ Strategic Dialogue and our up to date Mutual Protection Cooperation Settlement.”
Greece is an important NATO ally, exhibiting a dedication to regional peace and stability. Greece, the host of U.S. Naval Help Exercise Souda Bay, permits for U.S., Allied, and associate nation forces to function and transit in and throughout vital sea lanes.
“Nice alternative to work alongside Greece”
“This train was an amazing alternative to work alongside our Greek companions to extend tactical proficiency and capabilities,” mentioned Lt. Ben Williams, commanding officer of the Maui. “As a crew we’re all the time assured in our operational capabilities and dealing with the crew of Hydra validated our mixed readiness.”
Workouts like this function an indication of the U.S. Navy’s continued dedication to strengthening coalition partnerships within the area.
The Adak and the Maui are deployed to the U.S. fifth Fleet space of operations (AOO) in help of naval operations to make sure maritime stability and safety within the Central area, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific via the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke factors.
🇬🇷⚓️🇺🇸 @Hellenic_MOD & @USCG #Greek guided-missile frigate HS Hydra (F452) and USCG patrol boat USCGC Maui (WPB 1304) take part in a passing train within the Arabian Gulf, Feb. 25.#NavalPartnerships pic.twitter.com/pH50iJfUe8
— U.S. fifth Fleet (@US5thFleet) February 26, 2021
The HS Hydra just lately represented Greece on the “NAVEX 21” occasion, held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The U.S. fifth Fleet AOO encompasses about 2.5 million sq. miles of water space and contains the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Pink Sea and components of the Indian Ocean.
The expanse is comprised of 20 nations and contains three vital choke factors on the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and the Strait of Bab al Mandeb on the southern tip of Yemen.