Major Naval Exercises Planned to Check Iran Threats

By Brij Sharma
While the three major naval exercises to be completed by the end of this year in the Arabian Gulf are meant to ensure maritime safety, they have to be seen in the context of the threats that Iran poses to not only the maritime oil trade but to the Arab countries facing its seaboard as well.
The exercises – named Falcon Defender, Falcon Warrior and Falcon Response – involve Bahraini, Saudi and American naval ships and the National Crisis Emergency Management Authority of the United Arab Emirates. The idea is to protect oil platforms and aircraft carriers, perform counter-piracy and search-and-rescue operations and ensure safety at sea. In all some 200 naval personnel are involved besides the staff looking after planning and coordination.
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