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The way for the US to ensure Gulf security is through partnership, not policing

Earlier this month, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken traveled to Riyadh to meet with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) foreign ministers and the GCC secretariat. There, he mentioned how deeply the..

UAE withdraws from US-led maritime coalition

The UAE has exited a US-led multinational security force that protects shipping in the Gulf, in a high-profile sign of the ongoing rift between Washington and a key Middle East security partner.

Second Merchant Vessel Seized within a Week by Iran

STRAIT OF HORMUZ – On May 3 at approximately 6:20 a.m. local time, Panama-flagged oil tanker Niovi was seized by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) while transiting the Strait of..

Countering Smuggling in the Arabian Sea: Multinational Approach Delivering Results

On December 27, 2022, while patrolling the Arabian Sea, the French frigate FNS Guépratte intercepted a fishing vessel aiming to smuggle illegal drugs. Laden with roughly 7,700 pounds of hashish and..

The Evolving Iranian-Houthi Relationship Spells Trouble for Ending the Yemen Conflict

On January 6, the United States intercepted 2,000 assault weapons on their way from Iran to Yemen. Nine days later, a French ship seized another boatload of Iranian weapons on its way to Yemen. This..

100+ unmanned vessels to be deployed in Gulf region’s strategic waters

A US-led task force will deploy over 100 unmanned vessels in the Gulf region’s strategic waters by next year to stave off maritime threats, the US Central Command chief said Saturday.

Incident involving product tanker Pacific Zircon

Eastern Pacific Shipping Pte. Ltd. (EPS) is investigating an incident involving their managed product tanker Pacific Zircon (IMO: 9539573).

Oman's Maritime Security Centre signs pact with French Navy

The Omani Maritime Security Centre (MSC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the French Navy on exchanging information in the field of maritime security.

Iran seized Vietnamese oil tanker: US official

Iran seized a Vietnamese-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman last month and still hold the vessel off Bandar Abbas, two US officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

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