US Navy not moving out of Bahrain: Report

The US Fifth Fleet continues to support ongoing operations in the region

Updated: Jul 24, 2011, 12:21 PM IST

Dubai: The US Navy has denied media reports it is planning to relocate its Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet to a neighbouring country due to fears about continued unrest.

"The speculation in the London Times article about Fifth Fleet leaving Bahrain is false," Commander Amy Derrick-Frost, US Navy Fifth Fleet public affairs officer, was quoted by a local newspaper as saying.

Media reports had earlier claimed that Washington was looking for a new home for the fleet amid concerns about instability.
"The US Navy has a long-standing relationship of more than 60 years with Bahrain and they are a vital member of our Combined Maritime Forces, supporting regional maritime security and stability.

The US Fifth Fleet continues to support ongoing operations in the region and is committed to working with our regional partners to maintain security and stability in this area of operations," he was quoted as saying by Bahrain`s Gulf Daily News.

In Washington, US officials also denied press reports that the Fifth Fleet was considering a move out of Bahrain.

The continued presence of the United States in Bahrain has evolved from small detachments organized nearly 60 years ago into a modern Naval Support Activity (NSA). NSA Bahrain provides support through logistical, supply and protection as well as a Navy Exchange facility and Morale, Welfare and Recreation programmes to both US Armed Forces and coalition assets.

This month, guided-missile cruiser Gettysburg (CG 64) made a port visit to Manama after it had been underway for 26 consecutive days, the report said.

PTI