By U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs
| July 12, 2022
210518-N-KC128-0192 BERUIT (May 18, 2021) – A member of the Lebanese Armed Forces operates a rigid-hull inflatable boat in the Mediterranean Sea during small boat operations as part of exercise Resolute Union 21 at Jounieh Naval Base, Lebanon, May 18. Resolute Union 21 is an annual, bilateral explosive ordnance disposal and maritime security exercise between U.S. 5th Fleet and Lebanese Armed Forces to enhance mutual capabilities and interoperability. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton)
Naval forces from Lebanon and the United States began a two-week maritime exercise in Lebanon, July 12.
U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) and the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) kicked off exercise Resolute Union 2022. The annual exercise focuses on maritime security operations, mine countermeasures and explosive ordnance disposal.
“For 22 years, the Resolute Union exercises have built collaboration between our armed forces and ensured the LAF are prepared to carry out their mission,” said U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy C. Shea. “Despite all the challenges facing the LAF this year in the context of Lebanon’s economic crisis, they have shown extraordinary commitment and the United States will continue to offer our full support to all their efforts.”
Approximately 60 U.S. personnel from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Coast Guard are participating.
“This is an excellent opportunity to work with our highly capable Lebanese partners and strengthen our relationship,” said Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of NAVCENT, U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces. “Working together enhances regional security and stability.”
NAVCENT is headquartered in Manama, Bahrain and includes U.S. forces operating in the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea, parts of the Indian Ocean and three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, Suez Canal and Bab al-Mandeb.