The US and its allies began enhanced maritime security patrols in the international waters of the Persian Gulf in close cooperation with the US Fifth Fleet on Saturday, amid Washington’s tensions with Iran.
The Countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) were “specifically increasing communication and coordination with each other in support of regional naval cooperation and maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf,” Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet said in a statement on Facebook.
The navies and coast guards of the Arab states “are working in tight coordination with each other and the United States Navy,” it added.
The GCC, which has its headquarters in Riyadh, unites Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.
Tensions have been high in the Persian Gulf recently as the US has deployed an aircraft carrier group and sent B-52 bombers on patrol there in a move to intimidate Iran.__RT.com