(Nov. 4, 2022) Mine countermeasure ship USS Devastator (MCM 6), front, and guided-missile destroyer USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) sail in formation with Royal Saudi Naval Forces ships during exercise Nautical Defender in the Arabian Gulf, Nov. 4. The multilateral training event involved U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, Royal Saudi Navy’s Eastern Fleet and UK’s Royal Navy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeremy R. Boan)

 

Naval forces from the United States, United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia completed a weeklong maritime exercise called Nautical Defender in the Arabian Gulf, Nov. 7.

The multilateral training event involved U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), Royal Saudi Navy’s Eastern Fleet, UK’s Royal Navy, and observers from regional nations. Partners focused on maritime security, vessel boarding procedures, explosive ordinance disposal and other training drills ashore in Saudi Arabia and at sea.

In addition to personnel from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Coast Guard, participating U.S. ships included USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119), USS Devastator (MCM 6), USCGC Charles Moulthrope (WPC 1141) and USCGC Robert Goldman (WPB 1142).

NAVCENT is headquartered in Manama, Bahrain and includes maritime forces operating in the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea, parts of the Indian Ocean and three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, Suez Canal and Bab al-Mandeb.

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