Naval forces from Lebanon and the United States began a two-week maritime exercise in Lebanon, July 12. U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) and the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) kicked off exercise Resolute Union 2022. The annual exercise focuses on maritime security operations, mine countermeasures and explosive ordnance disposal. Approximately 60 U.S. personnel from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Coast Guard are participating.
“For 22 years, the Resolute Union exercises have built collaboration between our armed forces and ensured the LAF are prepared to carry out their mission. Despite all the challenges facing the LAF this year in the context of Lebanon’s economic crisis, they have shown extraordinary commitment and the United States will continue to offer our full support to all their efforts,” said U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy C. Shea.
“This is an excellent opportunity to work with our highly capable Lebanese partners and strengthen our relationship. Working together enhances regional security and stability,” said Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of NAVCENT, U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces. “.”
United States Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) is the United States Navy element of United States Central Command (USCENTCOM). Its area of responsibility includes the Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, Persian Gulf, and Arabian Sea. It consists of the United States Fifth Fleet and several other subordinate task forces, including Combined Task Force 150, Combined Task Force 158 and others.