The The Washington Times on July 4, 2013, reported that the U.S. Navy deployed three more patrol ships to Bahrain to boost up its presence in the Gulf region. Excerpts below:

“Having additional [patrol coastal ships] here in Bahrain will give us incredible flexibility in the Fifth Fleet area of operations since they are uniquely capable of operating in this dynamic environment,” said Vice Admiral John Miller, the commander of U.S. naval forces for Central Command, Agence France-Presse reported.

Central Command is in charge of military operations in the Middle East.

Deployed to Bahrain are the USS Tempest, the USS Squall and the USS Thunderbolt. They arrived Wednesday and joined the ranks of five other patrol ships at the station.

The ships are small and highly navigable in the shallow waters of the Strait of Hormuz. They span 79 feet in length and can be armed with 25 mm cannons as well as .50 caliber machine guns.


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