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There are over 7,000 U.S. military personnel based in Bahrain, and the U.S. has maintained a naval presence in the country since 1948. The U.S. 5th fleet is based in Bahrain and patrols an area of responsibility covering the Arabian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, the Red Sea, and the Arabian Sea, including the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal, and the Strait of Bab al Mandeb.

Naval Support Activity Bahrain

... U.S. Naval Forces Central Command.

... Headquarters of the U.S. 5th Fleet.

... Close to Khalifa Bin Salman port, which is capable of berthing U.S. aircraft carriers. The U.S. has spent $580 million between 2010-2017 on expansion of the facility, and a total of $2 billion since establishing a presence. National Security Strategy Naval Support Activity Bahrain.

Shaikh Isa Air Base

Recently improved with $45 million in U.S. funding. Hosts F-16s, F/A-18s, and P-3 aircraft.

... 12,467 ft runway. Muharraq Air Base (Navy)

... The Combined Task Force 53 aviation unit is based in Bahrain.

Part of Bahrain International Airport.

In 2011, saw a monthly average of 1,600 tons of cargo and mail, and 3000 personnel in transit.

Djibouti

U.S. military presence in Djibouti was established in 2003 with a formal agreement that provides access to the airport through Camp Lemonnier and the port facilities. Since that time, Djibouti has hosted the only combat-capable U.S. military base in Africa, until the construction of a U.S. drone base in Niger.

Camp Lemonnier

... Formerly a French Foreign Legion base.

... Hosts 4,000 U.S. troops. Tasked with fighting the Somalia-based Al Shabaab and conducting counter terror operations in Somalia.

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Ann Wright is a 29-year US Army/Army Reserves veteran, a retired United States Army colonel and retired U.S. State Department official, known for her outspoken opposition to the Iraq War. She received the State Department Award for Heroism in 1997, after helping to evacuate several thousand (more...)
 
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