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Egypt joins Gulf region’s Combined Maritime Forces led by US

Egypt's participation in the task force comes as Russia seeks closer defense ties with Cairo and Sudan.
This picture taken on Nov. 5, 2019, during the International Maritime Exercise (IMX) in the Gulf waters off Bahrain shows a close-up of the badge of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) multinational naval partnership worn on the uniform of a British serviceman.

Egypt became the 34th member of the US-led Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) on Wednesday, marking the latest regional contribution to the multinational security and counterterrorism coalition.

The US Navy’s 5th Fleet commander, Vice Adm. Samuel Paparo Jr., welcomed Egypt’s contribution during a meeting with the commander of Egypt’s navy, Vice Adm. Ahmed Khaled, at Alexandria’s Ras el-Tin naval base earlier this week.

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