Commander of Bahrain Navy Visits USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)
US Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) welcomed the commander of the Royal Bahrain Naval Force while underway in the Persian Gulf on January 16.
Commodore Mohammed Yousif Al Asam and members of the Royal Bahrain Naval Force visited the ship while the Bahrain Navy frigate RBNS Sabha (FFG 90) joined a maneuvering exercise with the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) and Theodore Roosevelt.
Bahrain has been home to the US Naval Forces Central Command / US 5th Fleet headquarters since April 10, 1993.
Bahrain took command of CMF’s Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 on Nov. 2 and is the first GCC nation to lead a task force that operates outside the Gulf.
The principal mission of CTF 151 is to deter piracy and armed robbery in the maritime environment across an area of almost 3.2 million square miles, encompassing the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin and Southern Red Sea. Under Bahrain’s lead, the CTF works to deter pirates, reassure legitimate users of the high seas and facilitate the free flow of commerce across the area of operations.