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NAVCENT Hosts Anti-Terrorism Seminar

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS090914-01
Release Date: 9/14/2009 4:44:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brianna K. Dandridge

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) played host to military officials from Aezerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan Sept. 9, for a one-day seminar on anti-terrorism tactics and the challenges involved with defending maritime infrastructure and the oil platforms in the Northern Arabian Gulf.

Dignitaries came aboard to get a close-up look at how NAVCENT and Combined Maritime Forces conduct high tempo operations focused on regional security, global economic stability, and local prosperity.

"We know that furthering military relations is important and this visit is a great opportunity to further engage other nations," said Rear Adm. Thomas A. Cropper, deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, in welcoming remarks.

"We wanted them to see how well the coalition forces all work together," said Lt. Cmdr. James Jaehnig, NAVCENT Future Plans Center and Country Engagement Officer.

The military officials were aboard Naval Support Activity Bahrain for a review of several coalition and maritime operations including a demonstration of visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) training by the Coast Guard Cutter Maui (WPB-1304) team. According to Jaehnig, the visit demonstrated the effectiveness of coalition operations and maritime protection.

"This visit gave several of the Caspian Sea nations a view of how we protect oil platforms in the region from internal threats, terrorism and state sponsored threats," said Jaehnig.

For the observers, touring the operations and watching the VBSS was a chance to experience the maritime mission of NAVCENT firsthand.

"They were able see the role of VBSS in accomplishing their mission," said Coast Guard Lt. Jeremy R. Obenchain, Middle East Training Team officer in charge. "It is a critical capability and establishes maritime domain and awareness for overall protection and defense," he said.

According to Jaehnig, the observers were impressed with everything they saw during the visit.

"They left with an excellent understanding of our mission," he said. "They were also impressed with the pride and professionalism of the Sailors they met."

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