Navy Launches Middle East Task Force 

The move is expected to strengthen relationships in the region. 

The U.S. Navy has announced the creation of a new regional task force in the Middle East, known as Combined Task Force 154. It is the fourth such regional operation dedicated to training allies’ navies. 

“Our navies are at their very best when we train, operate, and work together,” said Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet, and Combined Maritime Forces. “Establishing CTF 154 demonstrates our deep commitment to strengthening and expanding partnerships through new training opportunities that will enhance regional maritime security.” 

U.S. National Security Council Coordinator John Kirby said, “The United States is committed to supporting regional security coalitions within the Middle East region and internationally.  … The United States will not allow foreign or regional powers to jeopardize freedom of navigation in the Middle East waterways, including the Strait of Hormuz and the Bab el Mandab Strait, nor tolerate by any country efforts to dominate another of the region, military buildups, incursions, or threats.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Captain Oliver Herion as he commands the new task force in the Middle East.
  • For Vice Admiral Brad Cooper as he heads the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet, and Combined Maritime Command.
  • For Coordinator John Kirby as he provides information from the National Security Council.

Sources: Military Times, Washington Examiner


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