U.S. Launches Drone Task Force


WASHINGTON – 5th Fleet of the Navy United States of America (USA) based in Middle East said it would launch a new task force combining random plane in the air, sailing and underwater. The task force was formed after years of maritime attacks linked to ongoing tensions with Iran .

The U.S. Navy office declined to identify which system they would introduce from their headquarters in the Gulf island nation of Bahrain.

However, they pledged in the coming months to show drones expanding their capabilities in the choke point region that is important for global energy supply and worldwide delivery.

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“We want to put more systems in the maritime area above, in and under the sea,” said Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, who commands the 5th Fleet.

“We want more attention to what’s going on out there,” he added Al Arabiya, Thursday (9/9/2021).

The US 5th Fleet includes the important Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf through which 20 percent of all the world’s oil passes. The waters also stretch as far as the Red Sea reaches near the Suez Canal, the waterway in Egypt that connects the Middle East to the Mediterranean, and the Bab el-Mandeb Strait off Yemen.

The system used by the new 5th Fleet 59th Task Force will include some of those involved in last April’s test led by the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet.

Drones used in the drills include ultra-endurance aerial reconnaissance drones, the Sea Hawk and Sea Hunter surface ships and smaller underwater drones that resemble torpedoes.

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