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Wed, 27 Aug 2008 18:29:04 GMT
USS Iwo Jima is believed to be taking part in the exercise
The US has begun five-day military maneuvers in the Persian Gulf, claiming it is preparing for a 'potential confrontation' in the region.
According to a US navy statement issued on Wednesday, the joint war games led by Britain's Royal Navy Commodore Peter Hudson have also brought together vessels from Britain and Bahrain and started Sunday.
Commodore Hudson stated that the war games dubbed 'Goalkeeper' are intended for practicing skills such as 'locating and tracking' vessels in the Persian Gulf and 'handling command and control' operations during a potential confrontation.
Commodore Peter Hudson (R) of British Royal Navy (R) receives the commanding flag from Brid. Gen. Abdlla saeed al-Mansoori of Royal Bahraini Navy as Vice Admiral Keven J. Cosgriff (C), Commander of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, looks on during a change of command ceremony for the 152nd Combined Task Force from Bahrain Royal Navy to British Royal Navy at the Royal Bahraini Naval Headquarters in Mina Salman, June 5, 2008.
The Royal Navy has, for the first time, taken command of Coalition Maritime Forces which operate in the Southern and Central Gulf.
Commanded by Commodore Peter Hudson RN, Combined Task Force 152 (CTF152) is responsible for conducting Maritime Security (Mar Sy) in the central and southern Gulf. Established in March 2004, CTF152 operates in regional waters with all Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations and complements their security efforts.
Cdre Peter Hudson took the helm from out going CTF, Royal Bahrain Navy Brigadier General Abdulla Saeed Al Mansoori in a ceremony held at the Bahraini Naval Headquarters on 5 June. Al Mansoori handed command to Royal Navy Commodore Peter Hudson marking the end of Bahrain’s command, the first Gulf country to command a CTF, part of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF).
This command sees the Royal Navy leading two CTFs in the region. CTF158, whose primary mission in the North Gulf is maintaining security in and around both the Al Basrah oil terminal (ABOT) and Khawr Al Amaya oil terminals (KAAOT), has been commanded by Commodore Duncan Potts RN since March.
Working alongside Coalition forces, the Royal Navy currently employs HMS Montrose on CTF152 operations.
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Originally posted by stumason
Thought I would check some facts on this story, as before foreign press has claimed British warships were in theatre when they were in Portsmouth!