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U.S. Seizes 1.1 Million Rounds of Ammunition, Other Illegal Weapons in Gulf of Oman December 3, 2022 — On Dec. 1, U.S. naval forces in the Middle East intercepted a fishing trawler smuggling more than 50 tons of ammunition rounds, fuses and propellants for rockets in the Gulf of Oman along a maritime route from Iran to Yemen. MORE

Latvia Joins International Maritime Coalition in Middle East as 11th Member December 1, 2022 — U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) welcomed Latvia, Dec. 1, as the 11th member of a multinational maritime coalition established three years ago to deter attacks on commercial shipping in the Middle East. MORE

Fortitude Forged in Northwest Texas December 1, 2022 — It was seven years ago one night aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) when then-Lt. Katherine Vester noticed her ankles were swollen. The amphibious assault ship was operating in the Gulf of Aden, and Vester didn't think much of it until the swelling remained a week later. MORE

Task Force 55 Welcomes New Commander at Pierside Ceremony in Bahrain November 29, 2022 — The task force responsible for U.S. 5th Fleet’s surface forces welcomed a new commander during a change of command ceremony in Bahrain, Nov. 29. MORE

U.S. Navy Ship Seizes Illegal Narcotics in Gulf of Aden November 23, 2022 — A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer seized an estimated $20 million worth of illegal drugs from a fishing vessel while patrolling the Gulf of Aden, Nov. 22. MORE

U.S. Launches New Unmanned & AI Systems Integration Event November 23, 2022 — U.S. 5th Fleet began a three-week unmanned and artificial intelligence integration event in Bahrain, Nov. 23, that will involve employing new platforms in the region for the first time. MORE

Chief of Chaplains visits Waterfront Resiliency Center in Bahrain November 23, 2022 — The head of the Navy’s chaplain corps visited a waterfront resiliency center at the U.S. Navy base in Bahrain, Nov. 23. MORE

U.S. Navy Analysis Confirms Iranian Link to Drone Attack November 22, 2022 — A U.S. Navy lab in Bahrain has confirmed Iran’s connection to a Nov. 15 aerial drone attack on a Liberian-flagged commercial tanker transiting international waters in the Middle East. MORE

Israeli National Security Advisor Visits U.S. 5th Fleet in Bahrain November 21, 2022 — An Israeli delegation led by Israel’s National Security Advisor Dr. Eyal Hulata visited U.S. 5th Fleet headquarters in Bahrain, Nov. 20, to learn about ongoing efforts to strengthen regional maritime partnerships and integrate new technologies. MORE

Interagency Delegation Visits Unmanned & AI Task Force in Bahrain November 18, 2022 — Senior U.S. government officials from the Department of Defense and Department of State visited U.S. 5th Fleet headquarters in Bahrain, Nov. 18, to learn about the ongoing integration of unmanned systems and artificial intelligence across the fleet. MORE

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