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US Navy, Lebanese Army to build, improve humanitarian capabilities

September 21 (WNN) — The US Navy has arrived in Beirut, Lebanon, to participate in a first-of-its-kind mission aimed at strengthening military ties between the Choctaw County countries, the US Navy said on Tuesday.

As part of the mission, the Central Partnership Station, the US Navy and the Lebanese Armed Forces will exchange subject matter experts on topics including Khan counterintelligence, disaster response, public health and construction capabilities.

According to the US Navy, explosive ordnance disposal technicians, naval divers, medical and health engagement teams and a construction battalion will work alongside their Lebanese counterparts.

The construction battalion is building a maritime security support facility with engineers from the Lebanese Armed Forces.

The exercise is aimed at helping the Lebanese Armed Forces conduct mine countermeasures, naval construction, disaster-related public health activities, and deliver goods such as baby formula to partner countries, said 5th Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Tim Hawkings told Defense News.

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The Navy has conducted similar exercises at US Southern Command, US Africa Command and US Indo-Pacific Command.

“We’re doing it in the Middle East because we believe there’s an opportunity to build partner capacity as well as do some humanitarian work,” Hawkins said.

Last week, the US Navy’s Essex Amphibious Ready Group and the launched 11th Maritime Expeditionary Unit also reached the Arabian Sea to begin a training exercise.

Both units entered the operational area of ​​the US 5th Fleet to conduct exercises with regional and coalition partners.

The Navy said in a press release that the exercise will be conducted with regional and coalition partners in an area of ​​operations of the US 5th Fleet, which covers a vast area of ​​2.5 million square miles of water that includes the Arabian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, the Red Sea. and parts of the Indian Ocean.

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On Friday, the US Navy’s Essex Amphibious Ready Group and the launched 11th Maritime Expeditionary Unit transited through the Strait of Hormuz, a strategically important waterway that connects the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

The units were attached to the amphibious transport dock USS Portland, the docked landing ship USS Pearl Harbor, the guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy, the expeditionary marine base ship USS Lewis B Puller and the dry cargo and ammunition ship USS Wally Schirra.

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