Navy Launches Drone Task Force in the Middle East

U.S. 5th Fleet expands patrols to assure continued access to oil. 

The Defense Department announced on Thursday that the U.S. Navy had established a new drone task force to monitor activity in the Middle East. This action comes as tensions between the U.S. and Iran have increased over the past couple of years. The new task force will primarily consist of reconnaissance missions utilizing airborne, underwater, and sailing drones. 

Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, leader of the 5th Fleet, said, “We want to put more systems out in the maritime domain above, on, and below the sea. We want more eyes on what’s happening out there.” The new task force will be based in the island nation of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf. The 5th Fleet patrols waters where about 20% of all oil in the world travels, making the area a key strategic location for the U.S. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • That leaders of the Defense Department would seek God’s direction on security efforts in the Middle East. 
  • For discernment for Vice Admiral Cooper as he heads the 5th Fleet. 
  • For Defense Secretary Austin to be wise in his leadership of the U.S. military. 

Sources:, Defense Department


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