US Navy conducts naval exercise with Lebanese Armed Forces

According to information published by the U.S. DoD on July 14, 2022, naval forces from Lebanon and the United States began a two-week maritime exercise in Lebanon.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 A member of the Lebanese Armed Forces operates a rigid-hull inflatable boat in the Mediterranean Sea during small boat operations as part of exercise Resolute Union 21 at Jounieh Naval Base, Lebanon. (Picture source: U.S. DoD)

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) and the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) kicked off exercise Resolute Union 2022. The annual exercise focuses on maritime security operations, mine countermeasures, and explosive ordnance disposal.

The Lebanese Navy is the Navy of the Lebanese Armed Forces. It was formed in 1950 and based in Beirut Naval Base, Lebanon's first naval base. The navy, which currently lacks the proper equipment, has a number of approximately 69 vessels of various sizes and roles; however, the navy is trying to modernize itself and increase its size.

United States Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) is the United States Navy element of United States Central Command (USCENTCOM). Its area of responsibility includes the Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, Persian Gulf, and the Arabian Sea. It consists of the United States Fifth Fleet and several other subordinate task forces, including Combined Task Force 150, Combined Task Force 158, and others.