Two U.S. Coast Guard fast response cutters have arrived in Beirut after departing the United States and transiting the Mediterranean Sea, for a scheduled port visit.
Fast response cutters USCGC John Scheuerman (WPC 1146) and USCGC Clarence Sutphin Jr. (WPC 1147) are the newest additions to a slate of Coast Guard ships supporting the U.S. 5th Fleet from Bahrain, the U.S. Navy said in a statement.
“I am extremely proud of this crew and they have proved that we are ready for the opportunities ahead,” said Lt. Trent Moon, commanding officer of John Scheuerman.
This visit comes on the heels of the Lebanese Army completing an annual maritime exercise with U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, on July 23rd.
Approximately 60 U.S. personnel from the Navy, Marine Corps, Army, and Coast Guard participated in bilateral exchanges focused on maritime security operations, mine countermeasures, and explosive ordnance disposal.
While in Beirut, crewmembers will meet with the Lebanese Navy to discuss shipboard operations, safety, and damage control.