By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Samantha P. Montenegro
| November 18, 2018
181106-N-RM440-1136 ARABIAN GULF (Nov. 6, 2018) Ensign Ian O'Bryan, assigned to guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73), left, and Qatari Emiri Naval Forces 2nd Lt. Hassan Khalid Al-Heidous, observe a small boat attack drill from the fantail during exercise Eastern Sailor (ES) 19. The U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard are participating in ES19, an annual, bilateral surface exercise with the Qatari Emiri Naval Forces that allows both countries to strengthen tactical proficiency in critical mission areas and continue to support regional maritime security. (Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Samantha Montenegro)
U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of water area and includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea, and parts of the Indian Ocean. The expanse comprises 20 countries and includes three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal, and the Strait of Bab el-Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen.