The operation marked the first time that coalition maritime forces worked with their Iraqi and Kuwaiti counterparts.
Task Force 58 routinely works with the Iraqi Navy and Marines, but this operation marked the first time Kuwaiti and Iraqi units were enrolled in MSO at the same time.
Task Force 58's primary mission in the Gulf is maintaining security in and around both Al Basrah and Khawr Al Amaya Oil Terminals in Iraq.
This is in support of UN Security Council Resolution 1546, which charges the multi-national force with the responsibility and the authority to maintain security and stability in Iraqi territorial waters and also meets the Iraqi government's request for security support.
"We must be ready to dare all for our country. For history does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. We must acquire proficiency in defense and display stamina in purpose." - President Eisenhower, First Inaugural Address
Friday, October 07, 2005
US, Kuwait and Iraq - allies in Maritime Security
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