Asian countries in Operation Sentinel in Middle East waterways

Tampa, Florida: Asian countries are involved in a multinational maritime effort being developed by the U.S. Central Command to increase surveillance and security in major waterways in the Middle East.

Operation Sentinel aims to ensure freedom of navigation in light of recent events in the Arabian Gulf region, the U.S. Central Command said in a statement, adding that allies and partners in Europe and the Middle East are also involved in the effort.

 Abraham Lincoln Carrier and Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group conduct joint operations in U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. . (US Navy photo)

Abraham Lincoln Carrier and Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group conduct joint operations in U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. . (US Navy photo)

“The goal of Operation Sentinel is to promote maritime stability, ensure safe passage, and de-escalate tensions in international waters throughout the Arabian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, the Bab el-Mandeb Strait (BAM) and the Gulf of Oman,” the statement said.

“This maritime security framework will enable nations to provide escort to their flagged vessels while taking advantage of the cooperation of participating nations for coordination and enhanced maritime domain awareness and surveillance.”

The Central Command insisted that contributions and leadership from regional and international partners would be required for the initiative, to which the U.S. is committed, to succeed.

“U.S. officials continue to coordinate with allies and partners in Europe, Asia and the Middle East on the details and capabilities required for Operation Sentinel to enable freedom of navigation in the region and protect vital shipping lanes.”

The statement did not name the allies and partners in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

 

 

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