| February 01, 2017
MANAMA, Bahrain - Naval forces from four allied nations engage in Exercise Unified Trident starting Jan. 31.
Unified Trident is a multilateral exercise with the Royal Navy, Royal Australian Navy, French Marine Nationale, and the U.S. Navy that will span the international waters of the Arabian Gulf, incorporate all forms of maritime operations, reinforce relationships with partners and allies, maintain readiness and improve cooperation to ensure the free flow of commerce.
The exercise will be led by Commander Task Force (CTF) 50, Commodore Andrew Burns OBE Royal Navy who said, “The region’s strategic waterways are a global commons for the free flow of food, consumer goods, raw materials and energy for nations across the globe”.
“Multilateral exercises, including Unified Trident, provide an opportunity for partner nations to come together and share knowledge and experiences, maintain readiness, and enhance our ability to work together,” he added. “The exercise will also improve cooperation to ensure the free flow of commerce”.
Unified Trident incorporates all US Naval Forces Central Command’s Task Forces, led by CTF 50, embarked on Royal Navy Flag Ship HMS Ocean. It will also integrate a total of 17 ships and multiple aircraft from the four allied nations. Concluding Feb. 2, Unified Trident will test the Task Force against a number of conventional and unconventional maritime and air threats to ensure that the operational readiness of this forward deployed contingent capability is maintained at the highest level.