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U.S, Egypt, Jordan Conduct VBSS Exercise March 30, 2017 — The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Patrol Force Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA) Maritime Engagement Team (MET) and naval forces from the Arab Republic of Egypt and Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan conducted a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) exercise aboard Naval Support Activity Bahrain, March 12-23. MORE

USS Laboon makes second drug bust in a week March 21, 2017 — For the second time in five days, USS Laboon (DDG 58) intercepted a small stateless dhow in the international waters of the Arabian Sea, seizing 500 kg of Hashish, March 17. MORE

NAVCENT Commander: ‘Be a Sentinel’ Against Online Harassment March 20, 2017 — The commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) expects the military and civilian personnel under his charge to be “sentinels” guarding against harassing and degrading online behavior of Sailors and Marines, and to not tolerate those who do. MORE

Truxtun Aids Pakistani Navy Sailor March 10, 2017 — The guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103) assisted in the medical evacuation of a Pakistani navy Sailor, March 6. MORE

Truxtun Aids Pakistani Navy Sailor March 9, 2017 — The guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103) assisted in the medical evacuation of a Pakistani navy Sailor, March 6. MORE

Royal Australian ship interdicts 800 kg of narcotics in Arabian Sea March 3, 2017 — Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Arunta seized more than 800 kg of hashish while conducting maritime security operations as part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 under the U.S.-led Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) after conducting a flag verification boarding of a suspicious fishing vessel in the Arabian Sea, March 2. MORE

U.S, Iraq, Pakistan Conduct VBSS Exercise March 2, 2017 — The U.S. Coast Guard Patrol Force South West Asia (PATFORSWA) Maritime Engagement Team (MET) with Iraqi and Pakistani naval officers conducted a multilateral visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) exercise at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Feb. 26-Mar. 9. MORE

US Marines, Omani Soldiers begin Exercise Sea Soldier 17 February 23, 2017 — Launching from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) off the coast of Oman, more than 250 U.S. Marines and Sailors with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (MKI ARG)/11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) began training alongside soldiers from the Royal Army of Oman’s 11th Brigade for Exercise Sea Soldier in Salalah, Oman, Feb. 19, 2017. MORE

U.S., Oman, France and U.K. Commence Exercise Khunjar Haad February 23, 2017 — The U.S. Navy with the Royal Navy of Oman, the Royal Navy and French Marine Nationale kicked off the 22nd iteration of Exercise Khunjar Haad, an annual multilateral mine countermeasures (MCM) exercise in the Gulf of Oman, Feb. 19. MORE

French ship Forbin assists in maritime rescue February 15, 2017 — The French Marine Nationale anti-air frigate FS Forbin, assigned to Commander Task Force (CTF) 50, assisted in the rescue of mariners from a sinking dhow Feb. 13. MORE

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