THE US Navy has strongly pledged its commitment to Bahrain.
"We have a full commitment to this area," says Rear Admiral Kevin Sweeney, commander of the Harry S Truman Carrier Strike Group. "Our presence here is a continuation of six-decade-long commitment to stand by our partners in the region and we'll continue to honour that commitment. A big part of what I do out here as the Harry S Truman Carrier Strike Group Commander, in addition to helping protect the free flow of commerce, is to build trust and inspire confidence with our regional partners," he said.
The US Navy, with the Fifth Fleet headquartered in Bahrain, has maintained a regular regional presence since 1949.
"An enduring US presence in the region strengthens the US bond with regional partners, Rear Adm Sweeney said.
"We have had a continuous presence here for more than 60 years and we continue to work with our regional partners day in and day out to enhance security and stability, and build trust and confidence. Our Navy is committed to maintaining a sustainable defensive presence in support of our regional partners, providing the flexibility to react to crises, and safeguard the free flow of commerce in waterways to enable the global economy.
"I first came to this region and Bahrain as a young lieutenant back in 1990, and I cannot say enough about how well the Bahrainis embrace and support our Sailors," he said. The admiral was speaking aboard the Truman in the Sea of Oman where the US and French navies have completed five weeks of unprecedented combined carrier strike group operations in the region.