US, France, UK navies hold Arabian Gulf mine drills off coast of Bahrain

The US, French and British navies have launched anti-mine exercises off Bahrain in support of the free movement of trade in Gulf waters. (AFP/File Photo)
Updated 15 April 2019
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US, France, UK navies hold Arabian Gulf mine drills off coast of Bahrain

  • The exercise is “purely defensive” US Navy said
  • The US Fifth Fleet has been based in Bahrain since 1995

MANAMA: The US, French and British navies have launched anti-mine exercises off Bahrain in support of the free movement of trade in Gulf waters, a military spokeswoman said Monday.
“As mines threaten maritime traffic indiscriminately, the US, France and United Kingdom are dedicated to conducting tactical training to counter the risk of mines in order to support the continued free flow of commerce and freedom of navigation in this critical region,” said the US Fifth Fleet, which has been based in Bahrain since 1995.
The exercise is “purely defensive,” Lt. Chloe Morgan, a spokesperson for the US Navy, told AFP.
The archipelago is also home to a permanent British military base.


Russia to deliver first S-400 missile to Turkey in July: reports

Updated 26 June 2019
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Russia to deliver first S-400 missile to Turkey in July: reports

  • ‘We are making first delivery in July as part of out plans’

MOSCOW: Russia will make first delivery of the S-400 missile systems to Turkey in July, Russian news agencies cited the head of Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport saying on Wednesday, in accordance with the earlier-stated plans.
“We are making first delivery in July as part of out plans,” Alexander Mikheev is quoted as saying by RIA news agency.
The plans of Turkey, a NATO member, have irked Washington, which threatened with sanctions against Ankara if it goes ahead with the purchase.