The U.S. ambassador to Yemen accompanied the U.S. Navy’s top commander in the Middle East during a visit to Yemen, March 2, which included meetings with leaders from the Yemen Coast Guard and local government officials.

U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Steven Fagin and Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), met senior Yemeni coast guard and government representatives in Al Ghaydah, a provincial capital city in southeastern Yemen. The leaders discussed regional maritime security efforts and future opportunities to deepen bilateral and multilateral naval cooperation.

Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces, greets a local government official during a visit to Al Ghaydah, a provincial capital city in southeastern Yemen, March 2, 2023.

In 2013, Yemen became the 30th member of CMF, which currently includes 38 member-nations and partners. The organization is the largest naval partnership in the world, consisting of four combined task forces that operate in waters across the Middle East.

Last October, the Yemen Coast Guard joined ships from Japan, the Republic of Korea and Spain during a counter-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden that was led by Brazil under Combined Task Force 151.