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MANAMA, Bahrain – Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Special Operations leaders from U.S. Central Command visited the U.S. 5th Fleet Headquarters in Manama, Bahrain, on July 22 .
Accompanied by Navy leaders, more than 50 personnel toured US ships docked at Naval Support Activity Bahrain and learned about the US 5th Fleet’s integration of unmanned and artificial intelligence systems.
“We designed this day to highlight the many contributions that U.S. naval forces make every day to regional maritime security,” said Lt. Cmdr. Melvin Giddin, lead planner for the U.S. 5th Fleet for the visit. “It was a great opportunity to not only explain our current missions, but also how we are bringing new technologies for the future.”
Guests toured the guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92), coastal patrol ship USS Monsoon (PC 4) and USCGC Charles Moulthrope (WPC 1141).
The U.S. 5th Fleet’s Unmanned Systems and Artificial Intelligence Task Force, Task Force 59, demonstrated high-endurance, high-speed unmanned surface vessels at the dock and led tours of a new robotic operations center.
“It’s a complicated job to integrate a manned and unmanned sensor network into fleet operations for enhanced maritime awareness, and it’s critical that partners and leaders across the military understand this. we are doing and join us as we move forward rapidly,” said Ensign Schuyler Moore, Task Force 59’s Chief Strategy Officer.
At the end of the tour, some of the guests departed Bahrain in a P-8A Poseidon aircraft from Patrol Squadron (VP) 46 for in-flight briefings on maritime patrol and reconnaissance mission.
The U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations includes 21 nations, the Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea, parts of the Indian Ocean, and three critical choke points in the Strait of Hormuz, Bab al-Mandeb and the Suez Canal.