26 November 2013 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb
Egypt and Saudi Arabia on Saturday began the naval exercise Morgan 14, which is taking place in the Red Sea.
The Egyptian armed forces said the exercise would last several days and would also involve observers from several African and Arab countries, Daily News Egypt reported.
As the exercise will take place at sea, it involves activities like searching for mines and submarines, boarding suspicious vessels and resupplying and refuelling at sea. The Navy will also work with the Air Force during the drill.
“These exercises come within the framework of the plan for joint training of the Armed Forces of Egypt and Saudi Arabia to measure the skills and capabilities of troops in the implementing and managing of tasks in joint combat,” the Egyptian military said in a statement.
Saudi Arabia and Egypt often carry out military training – in May this year they carried out the Tabuk 3 joint military endeavour in Saudi Arabia and every year hold the Morgan exercise, rotated between the two countries. The 2012 iteration, Morgan 13, took place around the Saudi city of Jeddah. The first such exercise was held in 2000.
Saudi Arabia has supported Egypt’s interim government and has allegedly offered to finance a proposed major Russian arms deal. Russian arms suppliers visited Egypt earlier this month where they discussed the sale of fighter jets, air defence systems and other hardware.
Defense News quoted Theodore Karasik of the Near East and Gulf Military Analysis think tank as saying that the Russian-Egyptian arms deal includes discussions on Su-25, T-50 PAK FA, MiG-35 and MiG-27 fighters. Also discussed are specialized equipment for the Egyptian Special Operations Forces, radio communications, special communications facilities, reconnaissance devices and the Vega-E radar system.
Jun 12, 2013 ASDNews Source : US Navy
The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) with embarked Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 and Destroyer Squadron 23, along with the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) entered the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations June 9.
"I am proud of the Sailors and Marines of the strike group," said Rear Adm. Michael S. White, commander of CSG 11. "They have worked tirelessly to ensure that we arrive in theater ready to support ongoing operations. We look forward to working with our regional partners to demonstrate our commitment to security operations."
While in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Nimitz Strike Group will conduct maritime security operations, which help set conditions for security and promote regional stability and global prosperity.
"We are eager to participate in fostering trust, cooperation and mutual respect with our partner nations while working together to increase stability in the area and ensure the vital sea lanes of this region remain free for all maritime traffic," said White.
The squadrons of CVW-11 include the "Black Knights" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154, the "Argonauts" of VFA-147, the "Blue Diamonds" of VFA-146, the "Death Rattlers" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323, the "Gray Wolves" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 142, the "Wallbangers" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117, the "Indians" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6 and the "Wolf Pack" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75.
U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet is headquartered in Manama, Bahrain, and is responsible for about 2.5 million square miles of water including the Arabian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman and parts of the Indian Ocean.
While operating in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Nimitz and CVW-11 will also conduct missions in direct support of troops participating in Operation Enduring Freedom.