U.S. Navy plans to expand the base of the 5th Fleet in Bahrain despite the possible increase in «political activity» in this island country in the Persian Gulf, reports arabianbusiness.com December 3.
In an interview with the official U.S. military newspaper Stars and Stripes Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan U.S. Navy Grinert (Jonathan Greenert) highlighted the importance of this framework for the presence in the region and said that Bahrain is the «best option» for the South American fleet based in the Persian Gulf. According to him, base personnel will keep a «neutral position» in the case of the growth of political unrest in the country.
Admiral said that the expansion of the base due to the dislocation of the future 2-coastal warships class LCS, which in the future will change the park mine-sweeping ships are here. As expected, the LCS ships will arrive in Bahrain in 2018. It is fast and maneuverable platform that can successfully operate in coastal waters. In addition, the base will be able to accept more ships of other classes, these costs are provided in the U.S. military budget.
Earlier this year, U.S. Navy Commander Richard McDaniel (Richard McDaniel) said that the United States against Bahrain is no Plan B (No Plan B: US Strategic Access in the Middle East and the Question of Bahrain), but expressed the view that «in Due to the ongoing political unrest there is a threat of loss of strategic bases in this country, and this factor must be probable painstakingly thought out. » Yet, Griner rejected such «speculation» and said that «we (the U.S.) in the region with any state not more closely ties, as with Bahrain.»
Grinert last week visited the kingdom, where he met with Bishop Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa), said in a statement.