By U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs
| May 17, 2021
U.S. 5th Fleet provided the following readout:
Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/5th Fleet/Combined Maritime Forces Commander, spoke with Capt. Haissam Dannaoui, commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces Navy (LAF-N) on May 17 to reaffirm the strong naval relationship between the United States Navy and LAF-N.
The leaders discussed the importance of integration and interoperability between the two navies to ensure maritime security and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.
Cooper thanked Dannaoui for the LAF-N’s continued participation in regularly scheduled maritime security exercises and joint operations, and the two also discussed future opportunities for bi-lateral and coalition cooperation.