US VBSS Provides Humanitarian Assistance

The Maritime Liaison Office (MARLO) was established in 1987, during  the Iran-Iraq "Tanker Wars," to promote cooperation between the U.S. Navy and the commercial maritime community. At the time, petroleum and cargo vessels of neutral nations were being indiscriminately attacked in the Arabian Gulf. The U.S. Navy initiated a convoy system with escorts in order to avert further loss of life and property, and created MARLO as a mechanism to communicate with and assist the commercial community.



Today, MARLO remains part of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and supports the commercial maritime community in the following ways:

Text Box: A Red Lancer P3-C Orion, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 10, sits on the flight runway awaiting the arrival of its crew prior to executing its mission. 
The MARLO Newsletter is distributed by e-mail to customers both regionally and worldwide, and provides current information on navigational safety, threats to shipping, updates to marine regulation and other items of interest.

MARLO events include an annual MARLO Maritime Conference in Dubai and regional forums throughout the year. At these events, commercial mariners and industry representatives from the Gulf, East Africa and Europe are invited to meet with and share their concerns with senior leadership of the Combined Maritime Forces and members of other regional maritime community.

MARLO is committed to maintaining close ties within the regional maritime community. Our liaison officers travel regularly throughout the Gulf and East Africa to foster communication, stay apprised of changes in local port infrastructure and management, and to proactively address your concerns and questions. We remain, first and foremost, an active advocate for commercial mariners. We remain dedicated to providing accurate and timely information on safety of shipping and marine navigation.



Combat Aircrew Five of Patrol Squadron (VP) 10 (The Red Lancers), from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, currently forward deloyed to the 5th FLEET area of responsibility and serving as part of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), assisted in the rescue of a hostage held by suspected pirates off the coast of Yemen, Sept. 10.  Earlier in the week, a French yacht sent out a distress signal from the Gulf of Aden. A helicopter later located the yacht with no one aboard.

Maritime Liaison Office (MARLO) Bahrain 

Core Working Hours: Sunday - Thursday 0800-1700

Daytime Tel:  +973-17-85-3925,  Fax: +973-17-85-3930 E-mail:

Address: Maritime Liaison Office, Box 116, Manama, Bahrain


This is an Official U.S. Navy website

US Navy     Parent Command     US Navy Recruiting     Freedom of Information Act

Contact Webmaster at or +973-1785-3925

Privacy Act

The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the United States Department of Defense (DoD), the United States Department of the Navy (DoN) or MARLO of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. For other than authorized activities, the US DoD, the US DoN or MARLO do not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. Such links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of this DoD web site