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Stake Net Achieves Multinational Operation's Goals

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Story Number: NNS080602-15
Release Date: 6/2/2008 3:16:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brett Morton, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs

 

USS OAK HILL, At Sea (NNS) -- Ships from Bahrain, New Zealand, the U.K. and U.S. concluded Operation Stake Net May 28, a three-day operation focused on protecting key economic infrastructure in the Central and Southern Persian Gulf.

Coalition ships operating as part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 152 conducted this operation to ensure a lawful maritime order as well as improve relationships among regional partners.

"The goal of Operation Stake Net was to demonstrate the Combined Maritime Forces' commitment to work with regional nations to promote legitimate use of the maritime environment," said Capt. James Loeblein, Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, who oversaw the operation as Task Group 152 commander aboard USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) and served as a direct at-sea liaison for Royal Bahrain Navy Brig. Gen. Abdulla Saeed Al-Mansoori in Bahrain.

"All units involved coordinated operations to protect key economic and energy-related infrastructure as well as promote legitimate use of the maritime environment," he said.

CTF 152 completed this operation through the presence of a coalition force conducting numerous approach and assist visits throughout an area of approximately 5,000 nautical miles. Coalition units participating in the focused operation included RBNS Sabha (FFG 90), Oak Hill, USS Ross (DDG 71), HMS Montrose (F 236), HMNZS Te Mana (F 111) and other regional navies.

DESRON 9 officers embarked Oak Hill, which served as an afloat staging base and command platform for Operation Stake Net.

Lt.j.g. Danielle Flannery of DESRON 9 said the operation was significant and enhanced Maritime Security Operations (MSO).

"Stake Net was an important operation because there is a need for improved coordination among Gulf nations and coalition partners to provide protection for critical infrastructure and deterrence in the Central and Southern Arabian Gulf," she said. "The operation allowed coalition countries to work together and establish effective operations and communications in order to promote a critical infrastructure protective environment."

The combined efforts from all participating units included coalition presence, in-depth traffic assessment, maritime awareness calls, and approach and assist visits that contributed to this operation's success.

Various means of security were implemented during the operation such as surface searches by helicopter. Visit board, search and seizure teams were also deployed to inspect and talk with personnel on vessels in the area and further investigate activities in the region.

"The operation was very successful," Loeblein said. "All participants were able to effectively communicate and maintain a comprehensive maritime picture within the designated area for the operation."

The combined efforts from all participating units included coalition presence, in-depth traffic assessment, maritime awareness calls, and approach and assist visits that contributed to this operation's success.

Al-Mansoori assumed command CTF 152 March 4, marking the first time coalition forces have been commanded by a Gulf nation.

MSO help develop security in the maritime environment, which promotes stability and global prosperity. These operations complement the counterterrorism and security efforts of regional nations and seek to disrupt violent extremists' use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.

For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/cusnc/.



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