Military Capabilities

Maritime security coalition stands up HQ in Bahrain

08 November 2019

Coalition Task Force (CTF) Sentinel, the multinational maritime security mission for the waters around the Arabian Peninsula, announced on 7 November that it has opened its headquarters (HQ) in Bahrain.

The HQ has been stood up at the United States' Naval Support Activity base under the command of US Navy Rear Admiral Alvin Holsey.

It sits under the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) that currently comprises Australia, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and United States. The 7 November announcement also confirmed that Albania has joined the IMSC.

CTF Sentinel said the mission is to "deter malign activity, promote maritime security and stability, and ensure freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce in international waters throughout the Arabian [Persian] Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, the Bab al-Mandab strait, and the Gulf of Oman."

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