UK leads US Task Force 50
The British Royal Navy has taken charge of US Task Force 50 in the Gulf for the first time, it was announced on 26 November.
UK forces embarked on HMS Ocean have taken charge of the task force and will direct operations to maintain the free flow of trade, freedom of navigation for shipping and regional security in an area covering around 2.5m square miles.
HMS Ocean, a helicopter carrier and amphibious assault ship, will provide maritime security in the Gulf region and a series of exercises with partner nations. Along with Type 45 destroyer HMS Daring, she will provide a continued presence following the USS Dwight D Eisenhower's departure from the Gulf.
Andrew Burns, Commander Amphibious Task Group of the Royal Navy, said: ‘Together we have had an enduring Royal Navy and US Navy presence in this region that has contributed to stability, order on the high seas and freedom of navigation, and ensured the free flow of commerce, so vital to the prosperity of our nations.’
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