By International Maritime Security Construct Public Affairs
| April 12, 2022
201120-N-PS962-1279 BAB EL-MANDEB STRAIT (Nov. 20, 2020) - The Royal Saudi Naval Force frigate Makkah (814) transits the Bab el-Mandeb Strait with the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), not pictured, Nov. 20. The International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) maintains the freedom of navigation, international law and free flow of commerce to support regional stability and security of the maritime commons. (Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Louis St)
International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) gathered in person at the Naval Support Activity Bahrain and virtually March 31 to discuss the latest regional threats and other issues that are critical to maritime commerce in and around the Middle East.
The theme of the industry-focused biannual conference was “The Evolution of International Maritime Security Construct.” The event involved distinguished speakers and panelists who addressed a range of topics including safety measures, best practices, communication and strengthening collaboration.
"IMSC has been on watch to assure freedom of navigation and safeguard the free flow of international merchant shipping,” said Commodore Don Mackinnon, commander of IMSC and Coalition Task Force Sentinel. “This stakeholders conference was an ideal forum for all of our partners, both international and commercial, to share their ideas, information, assessments and best practices to help us further refine and develop the mission.
IMSC was formed in July 2019 in response to increased threats to freedom of navigation for merchant mariners transiting international waters in the Middle East. Coalition Task Force Sentinel was established four months later to deter state-sponsored malign activity and reassure the merchant shipping industry in the Bab al-Mandeb and Strait of Hormuz.
This coalition is comprised of nine member nations: the Republic of Albania, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Lithuania, Romania, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.