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US Navy adds new task force to patrol Red Sea

Task Force 153 will patrol the Red Sea and waters around Yemen, as Iran shows no sign of relinquishing support for the Houthis.
Navy Persian Gulf

The US will establish a new multinational task force to patrol the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, the commander of US Navy forces in the Middle East said today.

Task Force 153 of the US-led Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) will patrol the waterway between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, through the Bab al-Mandeb Strait to the waters off the Yemen-Oman border, Fifth Fleet commander Vice Adm. Brad Cooper told reporters in a call from his headquarters in Bahrain.

The new task force will include two to eight vessels at any given time, and while Cooper said he doesn’t expect it to add to the number of ships focused on security in Middle Eastern waters, it will help make patrols more efficient.

Combined Task Force 153 will be the fourth joint task force of the CMF, which was established in 2002 as an international naval coalition to combat trafficking, terrorism and piracy in the region.

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