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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Mark Thomas Mahmod, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs
| February 02, 2023
230201-N-EG592-1034 MANAMA, Bahrain (Feb. 1, 2023) Members of the Lebanese Navy rehearse vessel boarding procedures at a U.S. Coast Guard indoor training facility in Manama, Bahrain, Feb. 1. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob Vernier)
230201-N-EG592-1104 MANAMA, Bahrain (Feb. 1, 2023) Maritime Enforcement Specialist 2nd Class Jacob Salazar briefs members of the Lebanese Navy during vessel boarding training at a U.S. Coast Guard facility in Bahrain, Feb. 1. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob Vernier)
230131-N-ZA692-2028 MANAMA, Bahrain (Jan. 31, 2023) Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces, greets members of the Lebanese Navy visiting Bahrain to attend a vessel boarding course at the U.S. Navy base, Jan. 31. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Anita Chebahtah)
U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) concluded a five-day vessel boarding course for the Lebanese Navy on Feb. 2 at the U.S. Navy base in Bahrain.
U.S. Coast Guard personnel facilitated the course for 10 members of the Lebanese Navy, leading discussions on defense tactics, boarding procedures, evidence collection, safety and medical care.
“Hosting the Lebanese Navy at our facility embodies the commitment between our two nations,” said Capt. Eric Helgen, commander of Patrol Forces Southwest Asia, who leads U.S. Coast Guard personnel stationed in Bahrain. “Engagements between the Lebanese Navy and our Maritime Engagement Team experts build capability and foster trust.”
The course was held at an indoor training facility that includes replicas of shipboard spaces commonly encountered aboard fishing vessels and commercial ships transiting the Middle East.
This was the first time the Coast Guard team hosted Lebanese Armed Forces personnel in Bahrain for the course. The U.S. Coast Guard conducted 17 similar exchanges for 14 different partner nations in 2022.
NAVCENT’s operating area includes 21 countries, the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea, parts of the Indian Ocean and three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, Bab al-Mandeb and Suez Canal.